Wednesday April 13, 2016
Not all daffodils are jonquils but all jonquils are daffodils.
Daffodil, narcissus or Jonquil?
“daffodil” refers to the large-flowered varieties,
“narcissus” to small-flowered and early blooming types bearing clusters of blossoms,
“Jonquil” denotes N. jonquils, often with fragrant, yellow flowers
What is the difference between daffodils and narcissus? They are the same. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils. Daffodil is the common name for the genus Narcissus.
Old House Gardens has heirloom bulbs and will consume hours of your time reading and learning about these rare beauties.
One of my favorite bulb buying sites because daffodils and tulips just need to be planted in mass Color Blends.
In the catalog, blue tulips are advertised but the tulip that arrives on you front porch will be lavender.
There is no such thing as a blue tulip. Some look blue and are described as blue, but they are lilac or violet.
You won’t find truly black tulips either. Some tulips are very dark, like eggplants. They can look black in certain light, but black tulips do not exist.
Tulipa is a genus of bulbous flowering plants in the family Liliaceae.
Plant tulips anytime October through December – any time before the ground freezes. Feed tulips in the early spring, before they bloom.
Yellow tulips and daffodils, front porch.
Spring flowering bulb collection named Aladdin’s Carpet, The wild tulips blend of six of these beauties with three muscari and a dwarf daffodil. Tulips from Colorblends.
Garden Bloggers Bloom Day
Lots of blooms here in Southeast, MO USA
The wind and rain have taken their toll on the daffodils and tulips. Still, I have gazillions. And as delicate as they look, they have taken this cold wet weather and still stand proud.
The show stopper is the Doubletake Scarlet Storm Quince. Just came out last year. I bought two. The survived the winter. The head gardener came through and cut the other one, off at the ground.
Still, I love this flower. It is such a clear red and lasts longer than most spring blooms.
The wind blew the peach blossoms of the tree pretty quick and I was not fast enough with the camera. So, I am sorry that I couldn’t share all those pink peach blossoms.
Yesterday. I ran out to take this photo. I am glad I did. There are probably half the blooms this morning.
The tulips are scarce this year. Was it the severe cold or is it just too early?
And finally, one more time for the quince. The crowd goes wild! It is a small shrub and could fit into most any sunny garden.
Everyone who gardens in zone 6, has something growing or in bloom by now. My favorite small native trees, the redbuds and dogwoods are putting on quite a show.
Most of my tulips are in their last days. But these yellow Darwin tulips are stong and tall and have outlasted all the other tulips in the front garden. On the patio are some tall white tulips that are holding their shape and lasting days.
There are a few species tulips that were late bloomers. Showy lilac-pink flowers with deep yellow centers – I think they are late so they could have the bed to themselves.
Also known as Veronica ‘Waterperry Blue’, this little groundcover likes it here in southeast Missouri and takes care of it’s self. It came in two little starter containers about two summers ago. It grows to 2″ tall and is adorned with a soft, light blue flower in masses. This is but one of many veronicas that can be used as ground cover. It will spread and flourish in your flower bed or work perfectly between stepping stones or in a rock garden.
Veronicas are deciduous, meaning they’ll drop their leaves in the fall. The daffodils came up right through the Speedwell and next the poppies will have no trouble poping up through the creeping veronica or Speedwell. I know a lot about this Speedwell because I remember where I got it and the tag is stll in the plant. The Speedwell is from STEPABLES.®. Frances Hopkins the founder and CEO says STEPABLES® are earth-friendly, easy-to-maintain perennials that take foot traffic. Happy anniversary to STEPABLES,®. 2010 is Stepables 10th year in business. Consider these plants for a lawn alternative or to fill between stepping stone paths.
This time last year I showed you my tiny lonely, native Iris cristata ‘Tennessee White’ (Tennessee White Woods Iris) They are a perfect white iris, just about 5” tall. This year we have couple of dozen iris growing beside an old tree stump.
Fruit trees escaped late freezes. Pink peach blossom and white apple blossoms.
I’ve never seen a tulip like this and I didn’t see any like this last year, which was their first spring.
Autumn Cheer’s lovely medium pink blooms add a splash of spirit to any landscape. Encore’s Autumn Cheer is a small azalea with single pink blooms. I have several Azaleas, but this little one is a standout.