2010 Daffodils

"And then my heart with pleasure fills, and dances with the daffodils." Wordsworth

March and April are deliriously happy days for me because there is something new blooming everyday. I get to say Hello to some old flower friends and have happy surprises when new flowers bloom. I love collecting all types of daffodils. I plant bags and bags every fall, waiting for the first blooms in March. This daffodil is a big, robust fellow, ‘Mount Hood.’  Its trumpet blooms cream, but quickly fades to a creamy white.

Every other day I make a bouquet of all of the daffodils I have blooming. Their names are often historic and sometimes descriptive: Dick Wellband,  Professor Einstein, Peaches and Cream, Conspicuous, Quail, Thalia, Mint Julep, Rosy Cloud, Las Vegas, Campernelle, Hawera, Golden Echo, Empress, Silent Valley, Suada and many, many others. I highly recommend becoming a daffodil collector. They will repay you with, as Wordsworth wrote, “a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. . . Ten thousand saw I at a glance, tossing their heads in sprightly dance.”  Come join the dance!