Daffodils – Harbingers of Spring
“Daffodils, That come before the swallow dares, and take the winds of March with beauty.” – William Shakespeare
"patience is a virtue"
I’ve always been taught that “patience is a virtue” and this spectacular display of spring color is an example of such. These beds were originally planted back in mid-October (see Haworth NJ Landscaping) with masses of daffodil bulbs. We chose daffodils because of the large deer population; because deer, as a rule, tend to stay away from daffodils. Only members of the Amaryllis family, which includes daffodils, snowflakes and snowdrops, are truly deer and rodent proof.
The first cool crop of annuals added another element of color to bring out the already stunning display. Pansies can go out as early as March. The one drawback to pansies is that they do not like the hot weather and begin to show a lack of color when temperatures begin to rise in June.
The next of season of color begins in May when we shall be installing the hot summer season annuals so that the garden displays color all year long, complimented with the ever changing color of the perennials as they too come into bloom.
The reason for planting bulbs in the fall is twofold.
- Bulbs require a period of chilling to initiate flowers. For most spring-flowering bulbs, 10 to 13 weeks of temperatures below 40 degrees Fahrenheit are needed.
- Bulbs also need to put down good root growth before they sprout foliage and flowers. The roots will then be able to supply the tops with water and nutrients from the soil.
almost PERFECT Landscaping is a certified distributor of Spring Displays Bulbs. They have virtually any and all bulbs imaginable. Their website for viewing bulb selections may be found at http://springdisplays.com. On this site you can view and create a listing of bulbs which we can then order for you and plant if desired.
Spring flowering bulbs must be planted in the fall….
As we stated before – with bulbs (patience is a virtue) and well worth the wait.