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A Host of Golden Daffodils

by User Not Found | Oct 14, 2014
Daffodils are an ideal way to add a super splash of colour to your garden from March onwards. They are easy to grow and will last for generations as long as you respect a few rules.
At one time gardeners divided Daffodils into two types, a daffodil and a Narcissus
. To be considered a daffodil the flower had an outer row of petals and a trumpet in the centre, the Narcissus had a more pompom shaped flower and usually a sweet scent. Both types are correctly called Narcissus and are still widely grown by gardeners. They originally came from the Mediterranean region in Spain and North Africa.

 The name Narcissus comes from Greek mythology. Narcissus was a very handsome man who was renowned for his beauty but had never seen his own reflection. One day he saw his reflection in water by a stream and fell in love with his own face and apparently pined away gazing at his own image! This started a superstition that is unlucky to see one’s own reflection.

Daffodils are an ideal way to add a super splash of colour to your garden from March onwards. They are easy to grow and will last for generations as long as you respect a few rules. 

  • They need to be planted deep as this supports the flower stems and makes them less prone to blowing over in windy weather.
  • Allow foliage to turn yellow after flowering as many gardeners are prone to losing patience with the leaves and either chop them off or tie them up into a bunch with string. This prevents them from making enough energy to flower again next year.
  • A little feed and water in March will give them the resources they need to fatten up before they go dormant and die down.
Daffodils are best planted before the end of October, three times their own length deep (usually 5 inches) while the ground is still warm. This allows them to root out and establish before the colder weather comes. They are best planted in groups. Traditionally you would throw a hand full over your shoulder and plant them where they fell. This gave a very natural look, much nicer than being planted in rows. Over time they will establish into large clumps and should be dug up and divided every few years to give them space to grow. 

Daffodils are best planted before the end of October, three times their own length deep (usually 5 inches) while the ground is still warm.

Most of our Daffodils are sourced from an Irish grower called “West Cork Daffodils” based in Bandon. They grow 40 varieties in 68 acres producing 25 tons of bulbs every year. These are lifted, dried and packed into net bags of various sizes. I expect that the freshness of these bulbs and the fact that they are grown in Ireland means that they will settle into your garden much better. 

We have selected some of the best tall varieties:

  • Golden Harvest is a tall yellow trumpet variety that will settle in well if planted in groups to create a drift of yellow similar to William Wordsworth’s poem. 
  • Scarlet O’Hara has yellow petals at the back of the flower with a bright Orange corona (trumpet in middle). It is very bright looking and would be smashing planted near your house.
  • Golden Ducat is a double flowered type rather like a pompom of yellow. It grows to 18 inches high and makes a super, cut flower for your home. It looks very unusual and I think I will plant some in my garden this year.
  • Apotheose is another double flower shaped like a pompom but this one has orange flecks in the centre that stand out really well.