Photo: beautifulcataya (flickr)
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.