Secrets are revealed when you get close to the flowers. This tiny spider tried to hide behind a daffodil petal. Photos by Doug Oster
The forest is filled with scrawny deer, tired and hungry from a brutal winter. But even though they are starving, the four legged thieves turn their noses up at daffodils, that's one of the reasons I grow so many.
I love yellow trumpets, but their are countless other colors and flower forms to experience.
Spring is officially here when the daffs begin to bloom, but the season can be extended by choosing early, mid and late season varieties. I enjoy the subtle differences each one offers. It's fun to get close to the flowers, and when you do, surprises can happen. As I was cutting bouquets I saw a tiny spider jump behind a petal, hoping not to be seen. I slowly laid down on the soft, cool soil with camera in hand. The close-up lens was perfect to capture the tiny hairs of the hidden spider's legs.
My connection with daffodils goes back to 1967, when I visited the graves of my grandparents at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. Behind me were thousands of flowers in bloom on Daffodil Hill. The area was started in the 1940's with an initial planting of 100,000 bulbs. I was profoundly affected by those flowers and when I moved to Pittsburgh, told my mother I would create my own Daffodil Hill in memory of my grandparents. I'm a long way off from 100,000 bulbs, but I'm working on it.
I had the honor of being in Rick Sebak's Cemetery Special talking about Daffodil Hill and how it changed my gardening life.
Here's a look at many of the early flowering daffodils in my garden. I'm looking to add more each season, this is the time to decide where I need more. I'll shoot some pictures so when fall planting time comes around I'll know where to plant them.
When I see the flowers in bloom, I always remember that day in 1967 and smile thinking of my grandparents.
I've recorded the cultivars of every daffodil I've planted. They are tucked away in garden journals so in this garden it's all about enjoying the flowers not the names. I love this pink throated beauty.
Double daffodils might be my favorites.
This patch was here when I moved in, I think they are an old fahsioned favorite called Mt. Hood.
It's fun to see al the different variations in daffodils.
Get close to the flowers and really take a good look.
Daffodil season signals the "real" start to spring.
This one is also a favorite.
One trick to extending the season is planting varieties which bloom at different times.
Simple, elegant and beautiful.
For some reason flies are attracted to this variety.
Another cool double daffodil.
There's nothing wrong with yellow trumpets. These are some of the toughest and most beautiful daffodils in the garden.