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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