i am a collector of plants. not every plant, but certain plants, i collect different varieties of the same plant. for example, i love spring daffodils. i know i have planted hundreds of them over the years, and i expect them to last forever, only to be disappointed that they don’t always come back. even they have a lifespan. so, i have made a promise with myself to plant daffodils every year so i will always have a spring bed of daffodils.
now, some of my gardening friends would say that i have narcissus and jonquils also growing in my yard, but i call all of these plants daffodils. i like the large cupped flowers, the two-tone colored flowers, the doubles, the ones with drooping yellow trumpets, and all the rest. i haven’t found a daffodil that i don’t like. and, after a cold winter and a damp lack luster april, i am thrilled to be looking at these sunny blooms.
i apply a bulb fertilizer when i see the shoots appearing from the ground. excellent drainage is very important for these flowers, so don’t plant in a wet zone. also, daffodils need sunlight. so, don’t plant them in a shade zone of your garden bed. they will never come up. i have tried.
when i plant the bulbs every fall, i make sure to have a nice mulched leaf bed over them to protect the ground over the winter. when i think it is warming up, i move the leaves aside and look for the emerging shoots. i make certain to clear the leaves away in the spring to allow as much sunlight directed to the ground to wake up those little bulbs from their winter’s nap.