Monday, April 24, 2006

The truth about double daffodils

My sizable group of “Obdam” double daffs bloomed better than ever this spring, with minimal bud blast. And then, like every spring, they promptly dipped their little heads right into the mud. As is the case with many doubles, the stems are not nearly strong enough to hold the full, fluffy flower heads. Which is fine. Given the weather we’re having, I’m not eager to stand outside and admire them anyway.

However, they look fabulous in a long, thin-necked vase; you need at least 5 to get the look. I now have these all over the house, even at work. Like many gardeners, I’m not wild about cutting any flowers, but this is a case where it’s cut them or pull them all up. Of course they look best on a table, flanked by glasses of white wine.

Spring flowers can be pretty sad. The red tulips people have up and down the street look like torn rags after the last week of wind and drizzle. Even with my late-bloomers, I sometimes have to tie the circular groups. That’s spring for you.

3 comments:

Jen14221 said...

I don't have any skinny vases but I do like to use the glass milk bottles we get delivered from Hoover's Dairy, after they've been emptied and cleaned. My milkman must think I am a compulsive thief, for every 6 bottles he delivers these days, he gets 5 back.

Karen said...

Well, I didn't get five Replete this year, only three, so I will have to see what I can do with that. They are looking a little ragged and won't make as nice a display as your Obdam do, but (as you say) otherwise they are face down in the dirt -- and that's not good.

EAL said...

Jen: How cool--I didn't know they still did that.

Karen--the late Christopher Lloyd, one of my gardening heroes, felt that double daffodils never ought to have been hydridized or sold, and I can see why.