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Daffodil Addiction

No gardener or flower lover in this area can imagine spring without daffodils. Yet in parts of the globe where winters are not cold enough to chill the bulbs.

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Photo: Vince Alongi

Daffodils start blooming at this time of year in regions of the world where it gets cold enough in winter for their bulbs to freeze.

In March, although the days lengthen, we know only too well about this month’s unpredictable weather.  But, we also hope for the first early daffodils.  This allows flower lovers to forgive all March’s other transgressions.

Wordsworth was not alone in his enchantment with hosts of daffodils.  No gardener or flower lover here can imagine spring without them.  Yet in parts of the globe where winters are not cold enough to chill the bulbs, there are no daffodils growing in spring gardens.

Hooked On Daffodils

I had never seen daffodils growing in a garden until I was in my twenties, but once I did see them, I was hooked.  Now I am insatiable and can never plant enough of all of the hundreds of varieties available.  I suppose, like all converts, I am especially committed because I discovered my passion later in life.

Some people look at me strangely when I refuse to travel if it means I would miss seeing my daffodils bloom.  Other flower addicts, however, understand.  Bryant wrote:

With wind, and cloud, and changing skies

I hear the rushing of the blast

That through the snow valley flies.

Ah! Passing few are they who speak

Wild stormy month in praise of thee,

Yet though thy winds are loud and bleak

Thou art a welcome month to me.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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  • gloria

    I am also a daffodil addict. I cannot resist them.. I love the dwarf varieties. All my family and friends know i have a problem. I would rather buy daffodil bulbs then alot of other things.
    It’s nice to know I have a little company…

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