Daffodil – March 2016 Plant of the Month

Daffodils

Welcome to Spring 2016! The daffodils (Narcissus pseudonarcissus) have begun to sprout and bloom, ushering in the first signs of spring.Most folks believe that the daffodil originated from Holland, but they are actually from Spain and Portugal.

The Latin name is believed to be derived from Narcissus of Greek mythology that had fallen in love with himself after seeing his reflection in a pool of water.

These golden flowers so inspired William Wadsworth to compose the lovely poem ‘I Wander Lonely as a Cloud’, from where came the beautiful line, “and then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils.”

Nothing adds a more beautiful reflection of spring to your home and garden than the first blooms of this stunning, happy bulb. These golden flowers are easy to plant, grow and maintain, and best of all they are deer resistant 🙂 Bulbs will sprout year after year and multiply in numbers over the course of their lifetime. You may plant these bulbs in autumn and plant in a sunny well-drained area (keep a look out for sales at the end of summer, you will get a great bargain, just plant them before first hard freeze). They may be planted in a garden bed, at the base of trees or if you like a more ornamental look, consider planting bulbs around garden boulders or garden art. Plant bulbs 3x deeper than the bulb size, make sure they are pointed upward. There are about 36 true species of Narcissus and they make a wonderful spring flower arrangement, so if you are inclined, go enjoy and pick your daffodils, this will not harm the plant and it may just bring a bit of Spring into your home!

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