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Daffodils shine in my deciduous NC woods. They look beautiful in vases and add fragrance to the house.
And Daffodils come back year after year in larger, carefree clumps– if you buy the right ones for gardening in the South.
February Gold: If I could only grow one daffodil, this would be the one. It has bloomed as early as February 2nd here and the flowers last for weeks and weeks. (Great for putting in little vases for Valentines Day gifts.)
Ice Follies: Stunning bi-colored flowers that usually appear by my niece’s birthday, March 6. Larger than Feb. Gold but more easily knocked over by hard rains, snows, freezes. At the worst, the stems will bend and I cut armfuls of flowers for the house.
Carlton: Another large cup daffodil like Ice follies, it’s pure yellow, very sturdy, beautiful, and popular. Another must have.
Geranium: Multi-booms per stem, this is the most fragrant daffodil I grow. Love it!
Hawera: My latest daffodil, blooming in early April. Small and charming and a reliable late bloomer for the South (which is hard to find.)
My favorite source is Terra Ceia Farms in Eastern NC. They sell great bulbs with bulk pricing to greedy gardeners like me.
Bret and Becky’s is another excellent Southern daffodil grower and between the two, I can find anything I want.
Last time I checked, both have real people who answer the phone and give helpful advice, another big plus for me.
Two more tips for daffodil growing:
Order sooner, rather than later. I write: Order Bulbs!!! on my October Calendar and try to get it done by Halloween or at least mid November before the best varieties sell out.
And finally, try something new every year. Quail and Jetfire are the newbies at our house for 2011. But I was torn. So many splendid daffodils, so little time…
Any suggestions? Please share your favorites.