Friday, May 20, 2011

Color for the weekend... Narcissus 'Hawera'

Narcissus 'Hawera'

   These are an unusual daffodil variety that bloom very late in the season compared to other daffs. They are just finishing again this year now, in late May (Zone 5). Their bulbs have behaved unpredictably as far as perennializing. Some returned and some have not. They look best in clumps of at least 10 bulbs together. 

   I planted them the first fall that we began Gilmore Gardens (2007) because the triandrus family were recommended by the Lloyd-man himself (in his book Succession Planting for Year-Round Pleasure). Christopher preferred their very slender foliage, which make less of a mess in the garden post-bloom, unlike the large trumpet varieties.  Their miniature,
sunny, dancing blooms never fail to bring inquiry. 

   A bit of daff advice: you will
not hurt them by cutting down their old decaying foliage six weeks after their peak bloom. Hooray for neater gardens!
  ~ Photo taken May 2008 ~

   With "Color for the weekend," I will be delving into the tremendous store of old photo I have from before my writing days to share with you all.  Hopefully they will be an inspiring end to your week!

7 comments:

  1. They're adorable! I didn't know you could cut back daffodils after 6 weeks. I always just plant fast growing annuals around them to cover up the old yellow foliage.

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  2. I love this one and have a similar one....I love daffs but hate having to wait 6 weeks...I am getting better at planting other plants nearby to hide the foliage...I practice patience for 6 weeks and do wait and they all return beautifully...

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  3. I LOVE those flowers!
    They are sooo cute!
    ~Olivia

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  4. I think I saw these blooming at Dancing Oaks Nursery the other day. Here I thought my Tazetta type called 'Geranium' daffodils were the last to bloom. Always learning something new. Love 'em.

    www.gracepete.blogspot.com

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  5. Blog hopping & just came across your darling gardening blog...I host a garden party on Thursdays & would love to have you link up sometime???? xoxo, tracie

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  6. Yellow in the garden reminds me of the sun and makes me happy! Cute daffs!

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  7. I am always glad when the last of the daffodil foliage dies away! These really are cute. I have some triandrus daffodils in my garden, and they are among my favorite. Mine also are late to bloom.

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