Daffodils are an essence of spring. They are the most pleasant plants in the garden, coming up and spreading early cheer each year without demanding any attention from the gardener. And deer won't eat them! The first daffs to appear are the February Gold above, though of course here in Vermont they don't bloom until April.
This densely filled double, touched with green, is a volunteer that's popped up here and there in my garden; I've been told it's an old fashioned variety.
Daffodils come in colors other than yellow, such as this with an apricot cup and white petals.
And the cups are large and small, long and short, and variously ruffled. The petals are rounded and pointed, wide and narrow.
Some flowers, like this blowsy double, are deliciously scented.
This beauty, called Thalia, is pure white with the tiniest blush of greenish yellow at the throat.
A late arrival, coming at the same time as the narcissus, is this tiny delicate flower named Hawera, several blooms to a stem, nodding their pale yellow heads in graceful profusion. It's tempting to keep adding more and more daffodils to the landscape, but I've decided to stop; it is splendid long running show without any new characters needed.