You know spring is about to be sprung here in the Northeast when you see the delicate Crocuses poke their colorful heads of purple, pink, white or yellow out of the earth. Right behind them is the Daffodil – a sure sign of spring with their powerful punch of color before the “green stuff” really gets going.
While it’s too late to plant the bulbs now, there’s still plenty of places to buy Daffodil plants that are already potted and blooming or budding. I’ve found them in pots at places like local garden centers, sometimes at my local grocery store or even Trader Joe’s.
Daffodils like sun or partial shade. I’ve added them into my woodland garden areas where some of the sunlight penetrates through the trees. They provide the dull, brown woods with an unexpected early eyeful of color. Daffodils clump and also spread. Squirrels sometimes take gardening into their own hands and replant the bulbs in some surprisingly great places that I never even considered!
But my favorite use of Daffodils is to plant them at the edge of my yard where there’s a steep incline and add them in groupings going down the slope. When spring hits, I look out my window and see the hill dotted with the sunny yellow Daffodils and I can’t help but smile!
The other thing about Daffodils is that they are low maintenance. You plant them and that’s it! Yes, if you have a real dry spell after planting adult plants, water them – but there’s no trimming and no taking out the bulbs to store for winter. You just plant them and leave them be! When spring is over, they slowly disappear, but being an extremely stubborn perennial, they are sure to make another appearance next spring and will probably bring some friends!
Mini Daffodils have also hit the market. These are great too – especially if you have a container garden or a very small garden area.
There are tons of Daffodil hybrids – yellow, orange, white and dual color, but when it comes to dotting my steep slopes with their sunshine effect, only deep yellow suffices for me!
Bonus: deer and wildlife don’t like them! They know they are toxic and avoid making a meal out of them.
So grab yourself some of these easy care adult plants and give yourself a snap of springtime color now and for years to come!
Mark your calendars to purchase and plant Daffodil and/or Crocus bulbs in the fall. Crocuses, too, are a one stop “put the bulb in the ground” and you’re done. Let the Daffodils and Crocuses be your personal town criers to let you when spring is on its way!
Photo: Deep yellow Daffodil and Purple Crocus.