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Spring Has Sprung

Daffodils and other spring blooms in Pennsylvania

Carla Mudry from Malvern, Pennsylvania, is excited because spring flowers have arrived in her garden.

Spring has sprung, and the bulbs are just so pretty this year! I love my daffodils, and I just keep planting more. I choose a variety of bulbs for early, mid, and late spring. I also love the patches of bloodroot coming up in the woods. It is such a treat!

Bloodroot (Sanguinarea canadensis, Zones 3–9) is a common native wildflower in wooded areas over much of eastern North America. The little white flowers open early in spring and provide a key source of nectar and pollen for native bees and other pollinators that are hungry after a long winter’s hibernation. The name “bloodroot” comes from the fact that if you break the underground rhizomes, they will ooze out a bright red sap that looks a little like blood.

Classic yellow daffodils (Narcissus hybrid, Zones 3–8) are an essential part of every spring garden—cheerful, deer proof, pest proof, and reliable. The one thing to remember is that daffodils really like full sun in order to grow and bloom their best year after year. So if you have a clump that is declining, moving it to a sunnier spot is usually the best way to get it going again.

Daffodil breeders have been busy creating new colors and forms. Yellow still dominates, but this variety has white petals and an almost red trumpet.

Double daffodils change up the usual form with extra petals to create a full, almost roselike flower.

Close-up of a double white daffodil, showing the unusual form.

And another double daffodil, showing how the white petals are mixed with segments of the peach-colored trumpet to create an intricate two-toned effect.

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    meander_michaele 04/17/2019

    Your daffs are delightful and I don't blame you for wanting more, more, more! There are so many varieties and you are very smart to keep in mind how to have a very long bloom season. I'll bet quite a few of your selections also have a lovely fragrance as an added feature. The bloodroot looks so sweet nestled in amongst its winter blanket of leaves.

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    treasuresmom 04/17/2019

    Daffs are my very favorite flower. Mine are over for the year so it is enjoyable to see yours.

  3. BTucker9675 04/17/2019

    Love!!!

  4. cheryl_c 04/17/2019

    Love your daffodils! I would love to see pictures of your garden full of daffodils! We have some daffs left from folks who lived next door over 100 years ago - when they bloom, always early, I think of those who have gone ahead. What a legacy to leave.

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    SimpleSue 04/17/2019

    I was happy to see the photo of the little wildflower, Bloodroot, which I almost forgot about. Your double white Daffodil really has my attention, it's fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

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