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G Daffodils

Text and photos by Elizabeth Hunter

Mountain
Garden

AS BULBS, THEY HAVE IT ALL OVER TULIPS.
"IF YOU WANT TO FEED the deer, rabbits, squirrels, and woodchucks in your
neighborhood, keep in mind that they
prefer a diet rich in tulips!" -Katie
Stannard, in the Brooklyn Botanic
Garden's Spring-Blooming Bulbs
It's not often that I look for (or find)
humor in gardening books. Crammed
with excellent gardening advice (some
of it contradictory) their tone is invariably earnest. So I was happy, getting
ready to write this column, to come
across the quote above from Katie
Stannard. It also recalled the lamentations I have listened to from two gardening friends who have the
misfortune to love tulips. Each planted
something approaching 100 tulips,
envisioning brilliant spring displays.
Each looked eagerly for tulip leaves
pushing through the soil. Each had
been dismayed that planting 100
tulips had produced a grand total of
two blooms.
Fortunately for me, I'm not a big
fan of tulips. Fortunately, back in
1989, when I bought a new Tercel,
Toyota shipped me 20 daffodil bulbs, I
guess as a thank you. Haphazard gardener that I was then, I'm sure I
planted them with zero soil preparation and little thought about location.
Fortunately, those bulbs were
designed for people like me. All they
wanted was soil to grow in. True,
those I planted in the perpetual shade
cast by the north side of the house
didn't bloom after the first or second

Above, drifts of daffodils herald spring long before trees are in leaf; right, old
fashioned double daffodils persist at abandoned homesteads.

year. But 25 years later they're still
alive, sending up a few spindly green
spears each spring. Every year I vow I'll
move them. But by the time you're
supposed to move daffodils (the fall),
the foliage has been gone for months,

and my mind is on anything but daffodils. Maybe this year.
The bulbs I planted in places getting
some sun reveal their sunny dispositions in an abundance of spring bloom
- and not because I've been pamper-

QUALTIES AND CARE

There is a bewildering number of varieties of daffodils: miniatures to large varieties; heavily- to
unscented; singles and doubles; early and late;
multi-colored to single-colored blooms, in shades
of yellow, cream, pink and white. Choose smaller
varieties for rockeries and the front of the border.
* Daffodils make superb cut flowers. Pick those
knocked down by hard spring rains, wash their
faces and fill vases with them.
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* Once daffodils have finished blooming, deadhead so they don't waste energy they could store
for next year's bloom. However, do not remove
foliage until it has died back, no matter how
unsightly. If you naturalized with them in part of
your lawn, refrain from mowing that area until foliage has yellowed. Add bonemeal after flowering
for next year's blooms.

* Resist the temptation to rake off mulch in late
winter, since it provides protection against cold,
drying winds. Loosen it, if you must, then let daffodils come up through it.
* Water late flowering varieties in a dry spring.
* If daffodils are producing mostly foliage, mark
their location, then dig and replant in fal


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014

Cover
Table of Contents
From the Editor / Worth a Click
From the Farm
Digital Help Guide
Creature Feature
The Hike
Mountain Report
Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Festivals & Events
Country Roads
Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Experience North Georgia
Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
Mountain Garden
Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
Guest Column
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Intro
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover1
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cover2
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Table of Contents
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 4
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Editor / Worth a Click
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - From the Farm
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 7
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Digital Help Guide
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Creature Feature
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - The Hike
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 11
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Report
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Great Home Buys in the Mountains
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Festivals & Events
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 15
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 16
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 17
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Country Roads
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 19
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sip the Best: Mountain Wines, Brews and Spirits
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 21
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 22
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 23
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 24
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 25
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Experience North Georgia
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Wild Ponies of the Grayson Highlands: The Photoessay
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 37
Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - ‘Favorite Restaurant in All The World’
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sadie, Ace Baseball Dog
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Sleeping in the Museum (No, on Purpose! In a Bed!)
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Mountain Garden
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - Cabin in the Woods: The Expansive Welcome of Primland
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Blue Ridge County - March/April 2014 - 65
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