Gotta Garden

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Daffodils!

I've been remiss the last few days in keeping up with what's going on in my garden (at least here on my blog). Consequently, the Daffodils warrant their own post. These were all taken within the last couple of days.

Parisienne:


Here's Burning Heart...I see quite a bit of variability in the blooms, so you mustn't think yours would/should look just like this one...but this one is particularly nice:


Bath's Flame:


Laurens Koster:


Tripartite:


Amor:


Texas:


Dreamlight:


Moonlight Serenade:



Pink Pride:



Dick Wellband:


Sorbet:



Conspicuus:



Ring of Fire:


Flower Record:


Mondragon:



Martinette:



Fragrant Rose (first flower open or ffo):



Stint:



Mount Hood...I find white very difficult to capture (I'm just a point and shoot person)...but here you can see that the trumpets open yellow and fade to white:


An attempt to get Mount Hood closer:


Pipit (also newly opened)



Minnow, a small daffodil:



Pink Parasol:


Alliance, trying to fight off the chickweed:



Sugarbush:



Trying to get closer:



Hillstar:


And finally, Quail (yellow) and Sailboat (white):


Last year, I meant to do a daffodil review. Maybe this year I actually will! It has been my experience that while some daffodils truly are carefree, others seem to be high priced annuals. Now, these are just my thoughts and results (to be), not necessarily yours. In daylily language, you look for EMOs (early morning openers). With daffodils, I have found this year (maybe because I am noticing) that many are not EMOs. They frequently open in the late afternoon but, of course, are open for much longer than a day (unlike daylilies). Also, again in daylilies, you look for plants that hold their flowers above the foliage. I've noticed there are more than a few daffodils that bloom down in their foliage. What is uncertain is if that is an immature characteristic (one that would change over time)...at any rate, something to note as well. Daylilies have also taught me to look for strong stems. Daffodils can have strong stems, but I see quite a few that tend to be leaners or don't always pick themselves back up after a rain.

The results may not be meaningful to anyone but myself, but given that I have a little collection going on, I'd rather spend my money on true performers and ones that are long lasting (return year after year). I realize there are some variables here, so I do give them more than one shot.

All this, and I haven't even gotten to the rest of the garden! There actually are other things to look at besides daffodils! I'll have to get to those later. I really will!

**All pictures are clickable**

14 comments:

Michelle said...

Your garden and blogging are absolutely beautiful!! So, glad I found your site!!!

Beautiful flowers!

Annie in Austin said...

You have quite a collection, Gotta Garden! 'Stint' and 'Martinette' are such little sweeties.

I looked at my old IL journal [I had about a dozen varieties by 1998] and the only daffodil we seem to have in common is 'Minnow'. I had a few pinks, 'Salome', 'Accent', 'Peaches & Cream', and 'Passionale'. In Illinois I liked 'Thalia' a great deal, a luckily it's one that can grow in Texas.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

MrBrownThumb said...

You do have a very nice collection. I have some NOIDs in my garden but I really like you 'Moonlight Serenade'.

Kate said...

Touring through your daffodils was great fun. There are so many varieties - most I have never seen except in books!

I kept looking through the pictures trying to figure out which daffodil was my favourite. I cannot decide so I will have to return again tomorrow.

I really enjoyed The Red Queen ... are you liking it?

Your pictures of Sissinghurst have made me pull out a flower book by Vita Sackville-West.

LostRoses said...

Well I'm very impressed not only by the display but with your ability to name the varieties! Carol May Dreams Gardens has some that look just like yours only hers seem to be called Fried Eggs!

Gotta Garden said...

Hi Michelle! I'm glad you found me! You are very kind! Thanks!

Annie, I hate to admit this...sorta...lol...I do have Salome (should be turning pink today, I think), Thalia and my spreadsheet says Passionale...and that it bloomed last year, but I haven't come across it...yet. They really bring me a lot of delight and, mostly, are not much trouble!

Aren't journals wonderful! I guess, though, this blog is pretty much a journal as well.

Thanks for the comments!

Well, hey, Mr. Brown Thumb (not!)! I will always have NOIDs...and some are just great daffodils! MS is new this year, so the real test will be next year...fingers crossed.

Thanks for coming over!

Hi Kate: Should I say I still have more?? Lol!

I am liking The Red Queen. I realize I didn't know much or anything about Korean history...my heart breaks (at this point!) for the little girl taken away (given, I suppose) from her family...I'm at where she has had her second son and her husband is having issues (politely!)...

You remind me I meant to do a third and final installment of Sissinghurst! I got this book (couldn't believe it was a bargain book!) recently "V. Sackville-West The Illustrated Garden"...and it is arranged month by month (my favorite way for garden books to be arranged)...I wish I had had it before I went! At any rate, I mean to read the May section before I post the last installment...to see if I saw what I was supposed to see...lol!

Thanks, Kate...I'm always glad when I see you've commented!

Hi Lostroses: The obsessive part of my personality really seems to come out in gardening, doesn't it?! Not sure that's good! The thing is there are a lot of mixups in daffodil names (not just daffodils...oriental lillies, OMG...I have mostly given up, it is so bad...even daylilies, at times). For instance, I have one labeled Jenny (purchased as that) and I am pretty sure it is Thalia. I have Thalia growing in two other places, so it should be easy to compare. My first clue was that I cannot seem to get Jenny to return...and Thalia is very reliable for me.

This year, I'm going to try two new sources (for me) and, hopefully, get some really special ones. At least, I'm sure they'll guarantee theirs to be true...if a mixup should occur. Mostly, if I call and say I think I've gotten the wrong one, the person I talk to hasn't a clue...you know how that is. So, these days, I'm more careful.

All that to say...what? Lol! Names don't matter to some gardeners and that's fine. When I began collecting, I wasn't as careful about my sources and I thought what is all this about different types, I seem to only have three or four differnt ones...Of course, those are tough old things and still please me...but I like the different ones, too...now that I know there really ARE different ones!

Today I'm hoping to get to a daffodil show and take photos (for me)...as I hope to find out if some I have questions about are what they were bought as.

I do go on...I suppose I should save all these thoughts for my daffodil review...lol!

Btw, I love Carol's blog...she is so thoughtful and her love of gardening shines through...I'll go have a look!

Thanks for your comments! I appreciate them!

angelfeet said...

That's a fantastic collection of daffs. I only wished I lived nearer, as it would be amazing to see them in reality. Thank you for sharing them.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

GG, you seem to be a daffo connaisseur, what fun! You, Annie and I have minnow in common. :-) I have several different varieties of dafs too but nothing like your collection. Can't wait to see your daylily collection or is your blog not big enough for that one? :-)

BTW There's kitties on Bliss today.

lisa said...

LOVE the pictures!! I'm making a list of the ones I like, and awaiting further reviews...I think my bulb order this fall will be huge!

Gotta Garden said...

Hi angelfeet, I'm glad to see you here! If you could stand all my weeds...especially the chickweed, you'd be welcome to see them...lol!

Hi there YE: Not yet, as the Daffodil Show last Wed showed me...not nearly! There were some there I'd really like to acquire! Btw, if I ever get it together, I still have some to post and am waiting on the lates to bloom...

Very funny! I will be going on endlessly about daylilies for most of the summer, I'm sure! The dogs and I have just come in from outside where we were surveying the daylilies...difficult through the chickweed, you know...lol! I suppose I'd better uncover the iris as they will bloom sooner...

Thanks for coming over...I'll have to check out the kitties!

Gotta Garden said...

Hi angelfeet, I'm glad to see you here! If you could stand all my weeds...especially the chickweed, you'd be welcome to see them...lol!

Hi there YE: Not yet, as the Daffodil Show last Wed showed me...not nearly! There were some there I'd really like to acquire! Btw, if I ever get it together, I still have some to post and am waiting on the lates to bloom...

Very funny! I will be going on endlessly about daylilies for most of the summer, I'm sure! The dogs and I have just come in from outside where we were surveying the daylilies...difficult through the chickweed, you know...lol! I suppose I'd better uncover the iris as they will bloom sooner...

Thanks for coming over...I'll have to check out the kitties!

kissesfromheaven said...

Great site...the daffodils are gorgeous. I like daffodils cause they're tough little beauties. I've also developed a love affair with daylilies. By the way, what are you using to mark your plants? I have trouble keeping the names permanent, even though I use permanent ink. I'm ready to roll in the dirt! But it's freezing here! Blessings.

Carol said...

I love all your daffodils, and am impressed & inspired that you know all their names. I noticed a few labels in your pictures? What do you make those with and how do you keep them from fading?

And thanks for the compliment on my blog. Yours is one of my favorites, too!

Gotta Garden said...

Hmph...now, how did I get myself on there twice and more importantly, how do I get rid of one??

Hi Lisa: I just cannot imagine spring without daffodils! Just a thought, you might consider ordering now...you can look around and see where you might place things...I tend to forget by fall where I wanted things...and what I wanted...lol! Anyway, thanks for not being bored with it all! More to come!

Hi kissesfromheaven: Thanks! We have things in common! I make labels on a Brother P-touch labeler with TZ tape that is durable for outdoor use. Many daylily collectors use it or something similar as they are so long lasting.

It's cold here today! May it warm up soon for all of us...thanks for coming by!

Hey Carol: The markers are from Eon Industries (although I think a company called PawPaw has something very similar)...I'm pretty happy with the Brother P-touch, although I think you can use your computer or get one that works with it (sorry, so un-computer-literate)...and then the TZ tape...it's a bit expensive and I don't get as many labels out of it as I'd like (I tend to print big so I can see it!), but is very long lasting...make sure you get the durable one for outdoors...comes in various colors with backgrounds of clear, white, black, etc.

I've had terrible results with markers (pens) of various sorts...even one sold by Eon. They fade quickly, especially in the sun. Occasionally, one in shade will hold up a bit longer...still, it frustrated me, so...

Anyway, I expect the labels will last longer than the markers! Okay, now I'll tell you much worse I am...last year, I learned that many daylily folks bury the plastic tags from their daylilies with the daylily...and now I do that, too. That way, when you dig to divide or share/sell, whatever...if your marker has been moved or something, you can still identify it. Among daylily collectors, you MUST keep your names straight and with...what...some 60k registered ones now...very hard!

TMI! I'm sure!

Anyway, I meant it! And, thank you!

Thank you all for your comments!

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