The Santa Rosa Garden Club came to visit on one of their perennial tours and we had a large turnout! About seventeen members did the entire walk and another group stayed up on the deck and relaxed while the rest began the walk.
Julie Sooley took some terrific pictures and put them on the Santa Rosa Garden Club’s newsletter, and I took one of seventeen members standing along the steps on the white hillsides.
The others were waiting and joined us to see the peony beds and the tulips that are in bloom.
Daffodil 2013 Mixed Daffodil and Ice Follies Hillsides:Ice Follies and Scarlet O’Hara: The mixed daffodils and the Ice Follies hillside began blooming well on about March 2nd, after the earlier yellow trumpets of February Gold and Dutch Master had hit their peaks in late February. Luckily, we had good rain and good intermittent rain to keep everything looking and feeling fresh. As the daffodils are on the easter side of the farm, they hold up well for several weeks.
The Ice Follies this weekend were gorgeous while friends from high school and college took to the paths to see their splendor. The mixed hillside consisted of small daffodils, Tete a Tete and Jet Fire and the larger daffodils Ice Follies mixed with Scarlet O’Hara which is yellow with an orange trumpet. There is a third daffodils planted with them, Salome, but it was not in sight yet as it is a later variety.
CEDRIC AND PIPPA: What made this weekend even more fun was the first visit from my youngest granddaughter who sat and examined the daffodils. As she is very observant, she went right to work on them and Cedric, my Springer Spaniel spotted us after a rest on the platform and slalomed down the hill to see her. I saw him at the top of the hill with his head silhouetted, then he appeared near a tree and began his arthritic journey down the hill. It was wonderful to see him make it down and the big smile he had when he was down was wonderful to behold! No one has enjoyed the fields of daffodils more than he has over the last thirteen years that he and I have lived here.
Daffodil 2013 Mixed Daffodil and Ice Follies Hillsides: THALIA The next hillside is the largest one and probably has around 60,000 thousand Thalia daffodils, that will be blooming over the next few weeks. They drop down the hill and go around it almost to the solar panels on the edge of my property and are naturalizing very well. I have to overplant the Ice Follies somewhat, but the Thalia keep going and growing. They are among the latest of the daffodils.
The rains have begun in California, and it is very easy to dig the holes and to plant clumps of daffodils. I plant mine in groups of 5 as they are large double or triple bulbs and produce a nice effect.
The old King Alfred variety has been replaced by “Dutch Master” and there are other larger and smaller yellow trumpet daffodils as well. The earlier and smaller “February Gold” blooms in February just like its name. The later and larger yellow trumpet “Unsurpassable” makes a very showy statement and then there is “Trevithian” which is a jonquil type, very hardy and quite a pretty variety. “Yellow Cheerfulness” is a late blooming multi flowered variety and “Golden Dawn” is a new hybrid which is said to grow like a weed and is fully adapted to California.
White varieties include “Mount Hood”, “Thalia”, the Paper White varieties, and “Cheerfulness” which is a multi flowered variety like its yellow conterpart. “Ice Follies” begins white with a flattish yellow trumpet which fades to ivory with age.
Interesting combinations of colors include “Salome” which is White with a peach trumpet, “Scarlet O’Hara” which has yellow petals with an orange trumpet, “Flower Record” also yellow and orange and smaller varieties of Jet Fire (like a smaller Scarlet O’Hara) and Tete a Tete, with a small birght yellow trumpet.
IF YOU WANT CHEAP DAFFODILS, WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR and buy from me!
I took pictures of all of my daffodil bulbs one year against a ruler to show the size. Bulbs differ in size according to variety, but one rule seems to hold true – plant a smaller bulb than the largest that can be bought per variety, and you will short yourself on the result.
The labor involved in planting bulbs easily overshadows the bulb cost, but some people think that they will come out ahead by picking up a few dozen as the big box stores and garden centers where the bulbs are exposed to heat and sunlight.
You get what you pay for is truly the name of the game!
Cheap equals smaller. Smaller equals fewer blooms. The large bulbs, which are what I distribute, will produce at least 2-3 flowers per bulb while the smaller bulb will produce a single, probably shorter, flower.
My daffodil bulbs are the largest available and can be called “Mother Bulbs” in some cases. They are not sold in nurseries as the shipping is very expensive. The imported daffodil bulbs and other catalog offeringd are usually “double nose #2” or single bulbs as are Costco’s daffodils which come in bags while mine come in crates.
These huge daffodils are on a platter (11″) and will produce many flowers!
IF YOU WANT CHEAP DAFFODILS, WAIT UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR and buy from me! But do buy large, firm, healthy bulbs.