Dreams Made of Daffodils

Growing up, I always was excited to see the daffodils pop out of the ground. After a long, cold, snowy winter (I grew up in New Jersey), it was a welcomed sight. Shortly after, the trees would start to bud up, and the grass would start greening. It was a time of newness/renewal… my favorite time of the year… hard to believe that we will be heading into the next season here shortly.

When growing my garden beds here in Washington, adding spring color was always at the top of my list. Yellow is one of my favorite colors (so it’s really not a surprise that my eyes would naturally adore daffodils.) The crazy part, is that daffodils come in so many more colors other than yellow, and I didn’t know that, until I experienced a bouquet with some specialty narcissus in it. Narcissus is the “fancy” way of saying daffodil. Narcissus can be white, all shades of yellow, peach… they can be single or double petaled. It was in early 2020, that I became completely enamored with the double petaled narcissus… so when placing my HUGE bulb order for this spring, I chose a massive variety. I wanted to be able to study stem length, colors and smells of all different sorts of narcissus. They were planted in early December of 2020, and started popping through the ground in early February of 2021. It was just shortly before spring of this year, that the first narcissus bloomed. It’s name was “Ice King”… and shortly after “Can Can Girl” (pictured above) arrived, and then “Avalanche” (this one is super fragrant)… so many varieties kept popping each week. I’ve been SO pleased with the lot that I bought. It was very important for me, to not only grow different colored narcissus, but to pick ones that bloomed at different times/speed/rate. Just like tulips, narcissus can be picked solely on “early”, “mid” or “late” bloomers. The narcissus in our rows took about 5-6 weeks to cut through, which is incredible! I took notes on all the varieties as they bloomed, so that I can bring you the BEST narcissus bulbs this upcoming late Fall, to the farmstand! I truly am excited, and hope that these special and rare beauties open your eyes to the wonderland that they are. Truly, they usher in spring, and kick off our celebration of this beautiful season! I cannot wait to plant about 3x the amount as last year, this upcoming fall.
When growing my garden beds here in Washington, adding spring color was always at the top of my list. Yellow is one of my favorite colors (so it’s really not a surprise that my eyes would naturally adore daffodils.) The crazy part, is that daffodils come in so many more colors other than yellow, and I didn’t know that, until I experienced a bouquet with some specialty narcissus in it. Narcissus is the “fancy” way of saying daffodil. Narcissus can be white, all shades of yellow, peach… they can be single or double petaled. It was in early 2020, that I became completely enamored with the double petaled narcissus… so when placing my HUGE bulb order for this spring, I chose a massive variety. I wanted to be able to study stem length, colors and smells of all different sorts of narcissus. They were planted in early December of 2020, and started popping through the ground in early February of 2021. It was just shortly before spring of this year, that the first narcissus bloomed. It’s name was “Ice King”… and shortly after “Can Can Girl” arrived, and then “Avalanche” (this variety is super fragrant)… so many varieties kept popping each week. I’ve been SO pleased with the lot that I bought. It was very important for me, to not only grow different colored narcissus, but to pick ones that bloomed at different times/speed/rate. Just like tulips, narcissus can be picked solely on “early”, “mid” or “late” bloomers. The narcissus in our rows took about 5-6 weeks to cut through, which is incredible! I took notes on all the varieties as they bloomed, so that I can bring you the BEST narcissus bulbs this upcoming late Fall, to the farmstand! I truly am excited, and hope that these special and rare beauties open your eyes to the wonderland that they are. Truly, they usher in spring, and kick off our celebration of this beautiful season!

Here’s my list of what you’ll see sold at the farmstand this upcoming fall:

– Apricot Whirl
– Art Design
– Avalanche
– Bridal Crown
– Can Can Girl
– Ferris wheel
– Fortissmo
– Ice King
– Pink Charm
– Replete
– Sailorman
– Sir Winston Churchill
– Yellow Cheerfulness

Be sure to look every one of them up… they each deserve a spot in your flower bed. You’ll see bags of both single varieties, and combinations of multiple varieties this upcoming Fall at the farmstand.

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