Daffodils – a little bit of sunshine

Going to the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival this year?   http://www.tulipfestival.org/ While tulips are jelly bean candy to the deer around here, daffodils have been deer, squirrel and vole resistant so far.

Two of my favorites growing, naturalizing (spreading) and blooming in the field through the wind, rain and SNOW at Smallwater Farm are: Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’ with creamy white petals and a broad yellow, ruffled cup that starts out sunny yellow and fades to pale yellow

and ‘Mount Hood’ which also has creamy white petals but a longer, more trumpet like cup which starts yellow and then fades.

My next purchase will be Narcissus ‘Ambergate’ with a red cup that fades to orange which will look stunning with the flaming orange stems of my twiggy dogwood, Cornus sanguinea ‘Midwinter Fire’ or maybe I’ll use the cultivar ‘Actaea’ which is a little more demure with creamy petals and tiny red-rimmed cup.  Once my trees mature, I’ll get Narcissus ‘Thalia’ which opens pale white, is fragrant and can stand dry shade.

There’s nothing like looking at the real thing when you’re plant shopping, but here’s a great rainy day substitute: http://www.brentandbeckysbulbs.com/


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