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Scented & Double Daffodils

As I look for late season bargains, I look for daffodil bulbs that bloom late and are scented as well as double.

cheerfulness

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Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’.

As I look for late season bargains for bulbs that bloom in the spring, I peruse all the online listings and look for daffodils that bloom late and are scented as well as double. I am gradually increasing my repertoire of daffodils. I buy mainly daffodil bulbs because they come back reliably year after year so are an excellent investment.

Although I love tulips, I no longer buy any of them, as the deer devour them.

This year, I concentrated on the late-blooming varieties of daffodils, especially those that are double. There are three types:

  • The cup can be completely absent and replaced by additional petals.
  • Another type has a normal peranth of petals but a cup that is filled.
  • And the third type has stamens that show leaf-like forms that fill the cup.

I ordered some of all types. A variety called ‘Cheerfulness’ has white flowers with creamy yellow centers. It blooms in sweetly scented clusters.

‘Petit Four’ is a unique double, and its creamy petals encircle a large double crown of apricot-rose color.

‘Sir Winston Churchill’ produces multiple double flowers of white and orange that are especially fragrant.

‘Tahiti’ has yellow blooms with short, frilled orange-red petal segments at their centers.

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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