Vintage landscape: daffodils

Middleburg, Va., flower show, 1931, Library of CongressMiddleburg Flower Show, Middleburg, Virginia, April 1931, by Frances Benjamin Johnston, via Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

Right now, here in Stuttgart, a few daffodils have poked up from our front yard. I will probably pick them. I don’t usually like Narcissus in the landscape in early spring — the bright yellow is too much, too soon.  But, like those in the photo above, they look really nice in a vase.

There are also some fat cultivated Dutch hyacinths by our front door. They’re going to get the chop too.

In the fall, for next March and early April, I want to plant snowdrops and snake’s head fritillarias.

10 thoughts on “Vintage landscape: daffodils

  1. Daffodils are just starting to poke out here…they are several inches tall. The crocus have bloomed and in a sea of purple we have one rogue yellow!

  2. I do like yellow daffodils as a call for spring, and agree with you that they make a great cut flower for vases. I hope you are adapting well to a new climate.

  3. I only grow white daffs! Check out Lithuanian Rare Bulbs. There is
    another bulb specialist who has written a couple of books but I cannot remember his name. Eastern Europe or former USSR I think. You should have access to some nice things in Germany.

    1. I do like the white ones better. . . also the miniature yellows.

      We found a huge store called Obi the other day, which is like Home Depot, but with a bigger garden center. It will be good for some basics. There are a couple of private nurseries nearby that I want to explore this week or next, as the weather improves.

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