GPOD on the Road: Butchart Gardens Daffodils

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Cheri Ong shares more photos of spring blooms. Butchart Gardens in Victoria, British Columbia. Today she is focusing on all the beautiful daffodils (Narcissus hybrids, zones 3-9) that caught his eye. Now is a great time to look at them and think about what varieties you want to order for planting this fall.

Double-flowered yellow daffodils are planted with blue forget-me-nots.Double-flowered daffodils change the classic flower shape on its head by adding extra layers of petals. Here, blooming blue forget-me-nots (Myosotes SylvaticaZones 3–8) planted and emerging tulip varieties.

Planting a container of pale yellow daffodilsThese daffodils are all beautiful refinements, with soft colors and small flowers. If big, bushy, bright yellow daffodils aren’t your thing, there are plenty of unusual options to choose from. Planting them in containers like these is a great way to display specific varieties.

Natural planting of white daffodils with large treesA few white daffodils bloom in natural plantings against beautiful tree trunks.

Divide the cup daffodil with the outer petals and the orange inside petalsThis is a “split cup” daffodil. Instead of the central petals taking on the classic trumpet shape, they are split open and flattened, creating a completely different shape to the bloom. The colors here are also beautiful.

Bright yellow split cup daffodil with ruffle petalsHere’s another split-cup daffodil, this one all yellow and ruffled with petals as extravagant as if they belonged on an over-the-top gown.

A large mixed planting of white daffodils, orange tulips and blue forget-me-notsWhite daffodils, orange tulips, and blue forget-me-nots grow together to create a beautiful display.

White daffodils in pots going up the concrete steps.This is a great way to display the bulbs when they are in flower. Looking closely, you can see the bulbs growing in plastic pots that have been dropped into these decorative planters. This means that once the flowers have faded they can easily be replaced to replace it with another plant for the summer. You can do this easily at home too – just plant the plastic pots in the fall, leave them in an unheated shed or garage over the winter, move them out when they flower, and then let them bloom. Then move them out of the way again. Faded

A close-up of a reverse bicolor daffodilIt is called a reverse bicolor daffodil. The flower trumpet is white or pale yellow, contrasting with the darker outer ring of petals.

Close up white daffodils with yellow centers.This is an unusual double daffodil, with the extra petal filling only the central trumpet and a few single versions mixed in. Both are beautiful!

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