2 The process of planting these bulbs was the same as for all Narcissi. These bulbs were planted last November, at least a couple of weeks before the ground froze.
3 Like all bulbs, organize where they will be planted, so it is easier to visualize where they will flower. The 'Martha Stewart' bulbs were planted in my Weeping Willow Grove, under six willow trees at the end of the Pin Oak Allee behind the Equipment Barn.
4 Once all the bulbs were placed in their appropriate spots, digging began. Bulbs should be planted in a location that provides full sun or part shade. Most tolerate a range of soil types, but will grow best in moderate, well-drained soil. Plant bulbs about one-and-a-half to five times their own depth, at least three to six inches apart.
5 The bulbs started blooming a couple weeks ago. This photo was taken while some were still growing and trying to open.
6 The flowers took their time developing - some a little longer than others.
7 Daffodils tend to resist deer, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, and other pests. Most of them do not enjoy the taste of bulbs in the Narcissi family.
8 This photo was taken last week. The blooms have opened a bit more, the stems are more erect and the colors are a little more vibrant.
9 These daffodils are alert. The blooms show the distinct perfectly formed three-inch white perianth surrounded by the pale, yellow cup.
10 The flowers all have frilled cups edged in bright apricot-pink. The leaves and stems look healthy.
11 The 'Martha Stewart' variety is a prized Karel van der Veek hybrid. Van der Veek was a world-renowned daffodil hybridizer.
12 All the daffodils are pretty much up and in bloom, but a couple in each bed were still waiting to open. Daffodils contain a toxic sap that's harmful to other flowers. When cutting daffodils for arrangements, don't mix them with other flowers unless the daffodils have been soaking in water for 24-hours.
13 The daffodil is the 10th wedding anniversary flower. It accompanies tin and aluminum as the traditional gift. The gemstone for this special anniversary year is the diamond. Here, you can still see one in front that hasn't yet followed its blooming neighbors.
14 Until this day, earlier this week, when all of them perked up beautifully.
15 In the dappled sun, they showed their buttercream petals and bright apricot-pink edges.
16 Narcissi are hardy from zones 2 through 9. There are 13-classes of daffodil, more than 40-species and thousands of cultivars, now including this one, 'Martha Stewart'. They are all reliable bloomers and can continue to produce flowers each spring for decades.
17 Depending on the type of cultivar and where it was planted, the daffodil's flowering season can last from about six weeks to about six months. After blooming, the leaves stay green while the daffodil plant rebuilds its bulb for the next year.
18 Daffodils are among the easiest flowers to grow and are ideal for novice gardeners in most regions of the United States.
19 Narcissus multiply naturally, so every year, these flowers will fill more and more of the beds around the weeping willow trees.
20 Narcissus bulbs follow an annual cycle, which includes the chilling time, flowering period, and a phase of rest and recuperation while the bulb gathers strength to produce a flower the next year. This period starts as soon as the flower fades.
21 A perfect specimen of a Narcissus 'Martha Stewart'.
22 Yesterday, the flowers continued to look beautiful - the low winds and recent good weather have enabled them to look their best this year.
23 The bright cream and yellow stand out so nicely in this Weeping Willow Grove.
24 All the bulbs performed spectacularly. Thank you, Van Engelen.
25 Meanwhile, on the other side of the farm, here is what the Daffodil Border looked like yesterday - it continues to flower with such magnificence.
26 The colors are so beautiful. About 35 to 40 different daffodil varieties are planted in this border.
27 The border expands from the corner of my Summer House down past the stable and to the Japanese Maple Grove.
28 Whites, yellows, creams, and oranges - what a gorgeous sight.