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Daffodil Season in Carla’s Garden

Classic spring blooms

close up of double-flowered daffodil

We’re visiting with frequent GPOD contributor Carla Z. Mudry in Malvern, Pennsylvannia today.

Daffodils are now everywhere! It is so worth it to plant different kinds of daffodils not only for color and cultivar but for time in the blooming season. I have early spring, midspring, and late spring. However, given the totally weird weather this year, my daffodils are a good two to three weeks ahead of schedule. The peonies are popping up all over, and the tree peonies are starting to bud. One of my redbud trees (Cercis canadensis, Zones 4–9) will be in bloom any day now. Scilla are up, and the English and Virginia bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta and Mertensia virginica, both Zones 3–8) have sent their leaves up. Hellebores (Helleborus hybrids, Zones 4–9) continue to bloom. Daylilies (Hemerocallis hybrids, Zones 4–10) and hostas (Hosta hybrids, Zones 3–9) have broken the surface of the ground, and now I have to put out red pepper flakes because the bunnies are nibbling on the new and tender leaves.

close up of bright yellow split corona daffodilsDaffodils come in so many different forms. This is a split-corona variety, which means that the central trumpet is split and so spreads out like normal petals rather than forming a tube.

close up of tree peony with bud formingThis tree peony (Paeonia hybrid, Zones 3–8) is already pushing new growth with a flower bud showing.

close up of double-flowered daffodilThe layers of extra petals make this double-flowered daffodil hardly look like a daffodil at all.

close up of white daffodils with orange and light pink trumpetsDaffodils aren’t just yellow, as these two both demonstrate with their white petals and their orange and soft pink trumpets.

tree stump sculpture of various woodland animalsCarla’s new sculpture made from the trunk of a dead tree. What a gorgeous addition to the garden!

close up of bright pink camellia flowerCamellia (Camellia japonica, Zones 7–10) blooms from winter into spring.

close up of double daffodil with many petalsThis double daffodil looks like it might be the very old (to the 1800s) cultivar ‘Rip van Winkle’.

willow tree covered in catkinsWillow catkins opening up are a beautiful sign of spring and a key early pollen source for insects.

clump of classic yellow daffodilsA clump of totally classic yellow daffodils—the sunny epitome of spring


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    simplesue 04/12/2023

    Wow the sculpture made from the trunk is just amazing! I wish everyone would do that with trees that had to be cut down, the world would be far more interesting!
    Your double daffodil is one I've never seen before- I really like it!

  2. sheila_schultz 04/12/2023

    I'm with Sue... the wood carving on the dead tree trunk is amazing. What a wonderful gift to have been able to find an artisan to do the chainsaw carving!!!
    Gorgeous spring blooms as well, and there is something very special about pussy willow catkins that always make me smile. Happy Spring, Carla!

  3. btucker9675 04/12/2023

    Again - that sculpture is amazing and the spring blooms brought a smile!

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