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Daffodil Delights: Trumpets of Spring

Bright, sunny, cheerful – spring just wouldn’t be the same without daffodils. Canadian gardeners love these easy-growing flower bulbs. Jubilant in dappled shade or sunshine. Leave daffodil bulbs in the ground and they will increase in size and number, returning to bloom for many years to come. Rich rewards for planting them just once. They perform well in mixed borders and containers, so even if you’re short on garden space, you can plant up a pot to set by the door. Beautiful and durable, daffodils are also deer, rabbit, squirrel and mole resistant…need we say more? Check out these new varieties for the most gorgeous spring ever!

Daffodil Delights…

Narcissus Sunnyside Up

How do you like your daffodils? Sunnyside Up is a beautiful split-corona or butterfly narcissus. Its trumpet is divided all the way to the base and each section lays back open like butterfly’s wings soaking up the sun. Creamy soft yellow petals with distinct darker sunny yellow edges are loosely curled and tousled. Hints of greenish-yellow light up the centre of the flower. Sunnyside Up received the RHS Award for Garden Merit in 2007. It blooms mid-spring and grows 45 cm (18”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Daffodil Narcissus Sunnyside Up

Narcissus Sunnyside Up

Daffodil Narcissus Sunnyside Up

How do you like your daffodils? Sunnyside Up is a beautiful split-corona or butterfly narcissus. Its trumpet is divided all the way to the base and each section lays back open like butterfly’s wings soaking up the sun. Creamy soft yellow petals with distinct darker sunny yellow edges are loosely curled and tousled. Hints of greenish-yellow light up the centre of the flower. Sunnyside Up received the RHS Award for Garden Merit in 2007. It blooms mid-spring and grows 45 cm (18”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Narcissus Queen’s Delight

The best known, the most popular daffodils are the trumpet narcissi. Early spring bloomers, these daffodils have one flower to a stem and a trumpet as long, or longer than its surrounding petals. Queen’s Delight has gigantic blooms at least 8 cm (3”) across, each with a magnificent and showy trumpet. Opening with ivory petals, the pale lemon trumpet has a thick ruffled edge in soft apricot pink. Gradually the ruffled edge darkens, and the trumpet matures to buff cream. Queen’s Delight is long blooming, and an excellent cut flower, growing 35 cm (14”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Daffodil Narcissus Queen's Delight

Narcissus Queen’s Delight

Daffodil Narcissus Queen's Delight

The best known, the most popular daffodils are the trumpet narcissi. Early spring bloomers, these daffodils have one flower to a stem and a trumpet as long, or longer than its surrounding petals. Queen’s Delight has gigantic blooms at least 8 cm (3”) across, each with a magnificent and showy trumpet. Opening with ivory petals, the pale lemon trumpet has a thick ruffled edge in soft apricot pink. Gradually the ruffled edge darkens, and the trumpet matures to buff cream. Queen’s Delight is long blooming, and an excellent cut flower, growing 35 cm (14”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Narcissus Perfect Lady

Perfect Lady is an elegant and refined narcissus with upward facing blooms. Pristine white petals surround a deep coral rose funnel shaped trumpet. A green eye at the centre of the flower provides superb contrast. Outstanding sun proof colour, and sweetly fragrant, this daffodil is destined to become one of your spring favorites. Perfect Lady blooms mid-spring, and grows to 40 cm (16”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Daffodil Narcissus Perfect Lady

Narcissus Perfect Lady

Daffodil Narcissus Perfect Lady

Perfect Lady is an elegant and refined narcissus with upward facing blooms. Pristine white petals surround a deep coral rose funnel shaped trumpet. A green eye at the centre of the flower provides superb contrast. Outstanding sun proof colour, and sweetly fragrant, this daffodil is destined to become one of your spring favorites. Perfect Lady blooms mid-spring, and grows to 40 cm (16”) tall. Hardy to Zone 3.

Florissa’s Tips!

Daffodils make wonderful companion plants with daylilies, peonies, and phlox. When these perennials grow in the spring, their new growth focuses the eye away from the fading foliage left to nourish the narcissus bulbs.

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