Daffodil Demoiselle

Prim and pure, the daffodil delights!daff

‘Narcissus, brilliant as our hopes,

Uncertain as our date.’  Anonymous

Here in Connecticut this is the week for daffodils.  The Greenwich Daffodil Society hosted its Annual Daffodil Show at Christ ChurchChrist Church in Greenwich CT, and daffodil growersentering daffodil show came from far and wide to display their dandy daffodil demoiselles!  What a great way to find new varieties and to test your skills as a grower. ready for judging  I entered 7 and reports are that they did very well!  Lots of competition!daf1

Daffodils are the harbingers of Spring!

Antiques are my year round job, and working with beautiful objects never ceases to interest me, but even the shiniest and brightest of objects, IMG_3350can’t compete this time of year with the magic of watching the natural world emerge.DSC_0099


Daffodils, the darling demoiselles of the Spring garden are just the beginning!


About Jayne on Weed Street

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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7 Responses to Daffodil Demoiselle

  1. Patrick says:

    My stereotype is Dutch bulbs have so much energy stored in the bulb, it doesn’t take a lot of skill to grow a solid bouquet of high quality blossoms. Am I oversimplifying their culture?


    • That is a very good question Patrick. I guess you could say that if you are a good grower, you select the right soil and right site, you can have beautiful daffodils year after year. To pick one stem at its absolute peak of perfection, and have it ready for the day of display is not so easy. When you closely examine your blossom, some will have just gone past, may have petals with a crepe look. You want a sturdy stem and you want the daffodil to look the Judge in the face saying LOOK AT ME! The educational aspect of a show, beyond getting a perfect specimen, is the best part, I think. It is fun to see all the different divisions (13) of narcissus and also to see the real colors – catalogs are a second best to seeing the real thing.


  2. Holleygarden says:

    I love how they are displayed standing up. It would be a bit nerve wracking to be in a competition (for me, at least). So glad you did well! There are so many different types – it would be fun to be able to see so many in one place.


  3. Pauline says:

    What a lovely display, and so many different varieties. Bulbs should always give a good display the first year, it is up to the gardener to treat them well so they get better and better each time. You must be looking after yours properly to have done so well in the exhibition!


  4. Thank you Pauline! I have been in this home for 13 years so none of my daffodils are older than that, but the “teens” look good!


  5. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, well done on entering and doing well in the competition! I would never think to enter a flower competition, our lawn daffodils are odd shapes, sizes, anything but straight, pooed on by birds, scorched by wind, shelters for pollen beetles and occasionally kinked from having been accidentally stepped on or run over the by the lawn mower!


  6. That is very funny! You’d be surprised that when you get close and personal with your daffs, perfection may be found!


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