Monday, April 19, 2010

Jarvis House Daffodils are Blooming

These have been around the garden for years.  They come out mid April and have a center that is pinkish and becomes more pink a the flowers age.
A daffodil that I purchased over 35 years ago when I  first moved into the Jarvis House has proved to be very prolific.  Over the years I have dug up these bulbs and separated them many times.  They are always a pleasure to see.
A  small multiple flower with a long stem.
This daffodil  has a very large and flat yellow cup and pale white perianth.
This flowers with a deep yellow cup that has an orange edge, with a white perianth.
The largest daffodil that has two colors came from a catalog many years ago.  It is almost as large as the King Alfred, which is also in the garden, and I have divided these with a lot of success.  The are striking in an  arrangement.
The cup of  this bloom is deep orange and is flat with a ruffled edge.
A very old variety is the Pheasant's Eye.  This beauty came with  my house.  I have transplanted and divided it too over the years.  The flower is flat with the tiniest cup and a long stem. 
This photo shows a medium bi-color daffodil and one that I call "Shaggy."
 
 This daffodil has a pale yellow cup that gest lighter as it approaches the peiranth. It really is one of the most beautiful blooms.

The perianth is recurved on this white medium bloom.  It looks like a shooting star.
 Over time, the blooms get mixed up as I dig them up and replant them.  Sometimes it works, but not always dur to the size of the stems.  I try to plant the short mini daffodils, like tet-a-tet, near the front of the boarders and the larger varieties towards the back.  
Dogtooth Violets are a faithful companion plant, and come up each year.  You can divide these too.  They look delicate, but don't be afraid to dig them up and replant.
 
Sweet Woodruff is a ground cover that makes a great companion plant and spreads easily, but doesnot get annoying.  It has the smallest white flowers.
A mini variety of Sedum comes out at the same time as bulbs and looks like small green roses.  Later in the season they produce small clumps of yellow flowers.
If you take a screwdriver or dibble or any pointed stick or pencil, make holes in soil after a rain and stick the stems of Sweet Woodruff and sedum and pinch the soil back, they will take easily.

5 comments:

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

So beautiful!!

Willow said...

So many varieties of daffodils make for beautiful gardens and lovely arrangements inside, too.

JC said...

I am so jealous. My daffs and tulips only last a couple of years due to my woods and wet weather. You yard is gorgeous !!!

Dr. G. said...

Red: Your garden is always amazing...those flowers remind me of when we lived in Greenvale...Mom always loved the Spring. Thanks. Paul.

Pieces of Dreams said...

Fabulous, Lori!!! Ours are blooming too. I just today cut some for Marge's Chatham, MA house (guests are coming and we are getting ready to move in there for the summer). They are such cheerful flowers! I especially love the fluffy flutes! Many smiles coming to you from Cape Cod, Karen