Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Daffodils - Division 8, Tazetta Daffodils

Tazetta Daffodils mostly seem to bloom mid to late season here, at least the ones we have. They have clusters of blooms on a stem, usually more than 3, and broad foliage and stems. The stems also seem to tend to be shorter. The thing you notice most about these is that they are very fragrant. One stem will fill a room with a scent that for me seems to be a cross between hyacinth and maybe gardenia. Heavily scented, kind of a 'thick' scent. That's the best I can describe it.
This first one is 'Geranium'. The stem I photographed only has 3 blooms, but it usually has more.
The second one is 'Cheerfulness'. At least in our yard, a lot of those in this division are tiny flowered doubles and less 'daffodil-like' in appearance. Almost more like little roses or something.
These are not as showy as some of the bigger flowers, but are charming along with some of the smaller bulbs.
We still have magnolias blooming and they seem to have escaped the predicted frost last night. Tonight is supposed to be frosty again, so we'll see if we still have blooming magnolias tomorrow. Hostas, some of which are all the way up now, seem to have also escaped with very little or no damage from these cold nights. We still have to make it to mid May before we are reliably frost free, so we're not out of the woods yet, but getting close. This is always a very nervous time of the year for me as I fuss over the newly emerging plants and know I can't protect them if there is a freeze because of the size of the garden. We do cover and wrap very tender or newly planted things, but otherwise we just worry. Soon we'll probably be complaining about the heat :-)

1 comment:

keewee said...

I have Tazetta and Texas planted together. they look awesome. I must go take a picture and post it.