when do your daffodils bloom?

daffodil33February 28, 2014

When do your daffodils bloom? I can't wait for them to bloom, and usher in Spring.

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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

For me, daffodils start blooming mid-April in central NH, with April 18 being the earliest photo I have. This photo was taken near the end of the April, and I often have daffs through the end of May depending on their placement, the weather any given year, and the variety.
From April 28, 2013

My earliest bulbs to bloom are reticulated iris, planted along a south-facing uninsulated foundation. They often get snowed on and don't seem to mind it at all, usually blooming for at least two weeks.
From Early spring flowers

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 9:33AM
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spedigrees z4VT

I love those reticulated iris, NHBabs! I really need to add some here. That color is spectacular.

The top photo of my daffodils was dated May 2nd last year, and those beneath it of my old collie, circa 2010, were taken on the 10th and 11th of April. I'm in Vermont, so southern New England states will see blooms earlier. Daffodils and green things growing cannot come soon enough for me this year!

This post was edited by spedigrees on Sat, Mar 1, 14 at 15:41

    Bookmark   March 1, 2014 at 3:38PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

I think that the iris in the photo is 'George' which is redder than many of the I. reticulatas, but still not quite the color in the photo. It should be a bit bluer. I do love these early irises!

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 2:32PM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

It always amazes me that Spring in New Hampshire and Vermont isn't that much later than Spring here on the southeast MA coast, where the ocean keeps temperatures chilly for an unreasonable length of time.

Sunny foundations are a help, as nhbabs shows with those beautiful reticulated irises, and lovely warm collies may encourage spedigree's daffodils (just kidding).

My daffodils start appearing in early April.
N. 'Jetfire' on April 3, 2010

And N. 'Lemon Glow' huddled by a west-facing foundation on April 9, 2010.

The crocuses usually appear overnight, here on March 12, 2013 (where'd that come from - there was nothing there yesterday!).

and on March 19, 2012.

Scilla siberica on April 7, 2012.

Snowdrops should be appearing around now but they're usually overlooked in snow patches.

Claire

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 5:04PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

Depends on the daffodil. I've got some like February Gold, Rijnveld's Early Sensation and others whose names I can't remember that have indeed bloomed as early as February and March in years past. Not this year though! Too much snow on the ground. And then at the other end of the spectrum I have Quail, which bloom in May.

I haven't really planted many bulbs in the last few years. I hate planting bulbs. But then come spring, I always wish I had planted more. This fall, I swear! (like I swear every year, lol!)

I've got a small bunch of iris reticulata, and while I love them in bloom, I hate their foliage. The darn stuff is three feet long, lol, and takes forever to go away!

Dee

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 6:25PM
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NHBabs(4b-5aNH)

Dee - Because mine are against the foundation, there are lots of perennials that come up in front of them, so the foliage doesn't show up much. The flowers are short, but they are not plants I would put near the front of a bed. (Though for that matter most bulbs have less than attractive foliage once they are done blooming, and I now never plant them right at the front of beds except for crocus.)

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 8:59PM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

babs, of course you are correct, and most bulbs have unattractive foliage after bloom. But something about the iris reticulata foliage just bothers me more! I honestly think it continues to grow, or maybe it's just unusually long compared to the flower height, but it just bugs me. But, I suppose that's the price we pay for having the beautiful blooms to herald in the spring.

I've actually been meaning to bite the bullet and dig up a fairly large, mostly-bulb bed that I have. I planted it when I first started gardening and kind of did it backwards, and now I want to divide and rearrange the bulbs, as well as add some other plants to help hide the dying bulb foliage. Maybe this year will finally be the year, especially as I've been wanting to add more bulbs to the yard in general.

Dee

    Bookmark   March 2, 2014 at 10:19PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

I love a spring display of bulbs, but I also hate the dying foliage. I know you need to leave the foliage until it is ready to come off on it's own and that seems to take so long, so I have tried very hard to put them somewhere where perennials will disguise the dying foliage. Which has worked out well. I do remember the last time I bought bulbs, I seriously considered how tall and narrow the foliage was. [g]

I also hate to plant bulbs for some reason. I don't mind planting perennials and shrubs, but when it's time to plant the bulbs, I find it a chore. So I decided not to buy too many bulbs all at once. The bulb catalogs encourage you to buy a lot, because it's cheaper to buy in larger quantities. That is what I used to do. Buy a lot and then skip a few years before I bought again, but now I buy small amounts every fall and I like that much better. Then I don't cringe at the thought of planting them all and I look forward to having a steady increase every spring.

I bought Leucojum for the first time last year and I hope they didn't all get eaten by moles. [g] And I still have a few patches of daffodils to move, if I can remember to do it at the right time.

I have tried to buy daffodils that bloom early and late. I added February Gold too but it hasn't come up as early as February for me yet. I think 'Thalia' is the last one to bloom for me and that probably is as late as May.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 1:44AM
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diggerdee zone 6 CT

PM2, that's a good idea, to buy just a few bulbs each year. You are so right - one can go nuts buying bulbs and then one is stuck planting them.

I'm sure I've told this story somewhere here before, but one year a friend of mine bought about a dozen bags of King Alfred daffs, 25 to a bag. You know that these are BIG bulbs. I was helping her plant them, scattered around the yard in clumps, digging these big holes that still turned out too small and too shallow, and after I did my last bag (finally!) I walked around the yard to find her. She was sitting on the ground with her legs out in a V in front of her, with a pretty small hole in front of her, and was in the process of dumping the bag of bulbs into this tiny hole, and muttering something about not giving a flying fig anymore! I sat down on the ground and laughed hysterically, and we must have laughed for 10 minutes! She then proceeded to pile up the soil on top of this mound of bulbs - it had to be 6 to 8 inches high, lol, and that was that. Come spring, this spot had a little, absolutely packed, bunch of beautiful King Alfreds, which we then thinned out after bloom.

But yes, that's about how I feel after planting bulbs! And I don't know which is worse - digging a BIG hole to put a dozen or so big bulbs into, or digging individual holes for the crocuses that I spread through the lawn. I guess whichever one I'm working on at the time, I think the other is better, lol!

PM2, I think you are in the Quail Appreciation Club, are you not? I know we have discussed these beauties before and I think you were one of the ones who had them....?

:)
Dee

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 10:24AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Dee, that is such a funny story and you tell it in a way that gives me a good visual! lol When I've gotten to that point, I have ended up just stopping and leaving myself with a bag of bulbs that never get planted. Not as funny as what your friend does. :-)

I tried digging the big hole to put a grouping of daff bulbs in, but I went back to digging individual holes. I also tried one of those attachments for the drill that is an auger that digs the hole for you. I was excited about having that tool and thought I had a solution and had visions of how many bulbs I was going to be able to plant with that. Nope. I have loamy clay, that I don't think is that hard to dig, but the auger wouldn't work right at all and I gave up on that one.

Last fall I bought four different daffodils in 10 and 20 bulb sizes, one 25 bulb packet of Leucojum and a 50 bulb bag of Crocus, that I'm trying to add to the lawn. It was very easy. Every few days I'd do a bag and I left the Crocus until the end because I'm not so crazy about digging in the lawn to get them in. [g]

No, I just went back and checked if I have 'Quail' and I don't. It looks like a pretty one. I like the late ones. I thought I might have added that last year, but it was 'Baby Moon' that I was thinking of. So you recommend it? Is it fragrant by any chance?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2014 at 11:00AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

Some of mine put up foliage in the fall for the following spring, but most others don't show any green until March, and blooming is generally from March to May, depending on the various types and their locations. The multi-blooms per stem are later. However, the way this winter is going, with no end in sight, I may not see flowers until May.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2014 at 11:59AM
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Steve Massachusetts Zone 5b

PM2,

A little over a year ago I was planting bulbs with Brent Heath (of Brent and Becky's) and he said that you don't have to wait that long to remove daffodil foliage. Once the tips of the leaves turn yellow/brown you can remove the leaves at that point. You don't have to wait until the foliage goes completely brown.

I agree, though, that the left over foliage from spent bulb, especially larger bulbs, looks ragged.

Steve

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 7:22AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Bill, I'm starting to agree with you. I've been checking along the north side of our fence and along the foundation where it is becoming bare, and nothing in sight at all. And they are talking about another storm next Wednesday. I normally would be thinking about planting peas outdoors on the 18th, but that's not going to happen this year. A really late start to the season. And NO bulb foliage showing at all yet.

Thanks Steve, for that info. I had not heard that before. I always heard that if the foliage comes off easily without tugging, it is ready to go. Nice to know you can pull it a little earlier, if something is really bugging you.

This thread has me looking back at old photos of when our last snow has been and how early/late the bulbs bloomed. I may post a series of photos from year to year.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2014 at 8:45AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

What we were discussing about this time last year. Seems a little early to be talking about it this year. lol

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 1:54AM
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bill_ri_z6b(Zone 6B)

I've had crocuses as early as Feb. 16th a several years ago, and some daffodils in mid-March. Of course, this year I can't see any ground whatsoever. Every square foot of my property is buried in snow. And the long-range forecast for March shows only 40's for daytime highs, so probably won't see anything until April.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 2:47AM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Same here Bill, and all the forecasts seem to be more cold weather. I wonder when we will see bare ground again. [g]

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 11:48AM
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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

And when we do see bare ground it will be mud....

Claire

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claireplymouth z6b coastal MA

The NY Times Editorial Board posted an editorial yesterday called:
This Winter Has Gotten Old
Among other things they say:

"We are depressed. But as the comic strip “Garfield” once put it: “Compared to absolute, hopeless despair, depressed is cheerful.”

Negotiating a dreadful season can be helped by a trick of perspective. People in Hawaii have lately been feeling oppressed by a strangely chilly winter; sunrise gazers at the beach layer on T-shirts and step lively so the surf doesn’t chill their bare toes. They shiver, happy that they aren’t in New York. New Yorkers are relieved not to live in Boston. Bostonians, snow-buried, may be grateful not to be on the ice planet Hoth, where it’s Boston winter everywhere, all the time."

Claire

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 3:16PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

The planet Hoth. lol

Is Boston the worst this year? Whatever happened to Buffalo getting the most snow? I am trying not to think about it because March 1st is Saturday and usually I get excited to see March arrive, but this year….not so much. I think it may take April 1st to get me excited.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 3:29PM
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daffodil33

Thanks for these pictures, they give me hope. I was in Southern California last week and it was in the mid 80ies, sunny, with low humidity.

After growing up in New England, and especially after having had 2 really bad winters in the past 4 years, for the first time in my life I am beginning to entertain the prospect of being able to garden all year long... Life is just too short.

    Bookmark   February 24, 2015 at 7:12PM
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prairiemoon2 z6 MA

Daffodil - I agree that life is too short, but at the same time, every part of the country has it's drawbacks. Winters here, tornadoes in the mid states, drought and earthquakes in California, and hurricanes along the southern coast.

I would definitely like a shorter winter. Two months, three tops, but I don't think I would appreciate gardening all year. I always need a break from it and I look forward to that come fall.

    Bookmark   Thanked by daffodil33    February 25, 2015 at 3:22AM
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