A Southern Dance With Daffodils

“For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”

William Wordsworth

Daffodil 'Souther Gritty Mix'

Daffodil ‘Souther Gritty Mix’

Those words from William Wordsworth are familiar to many and probably oft remembered most when Spring is around the corner, and we wish for the Earth to come back to life!  Though the Adonis, the snow drops, hellebores and earliest Spring ephemerals usually beat the daffodils into bloom, it is the blooming of daffodils that assure  us that Spring has arrived.  Here in Savannah,  the daffodils I planted last Fall began blooming weeks ago!  They are still blooming since I planted a mix called ‘Southern Gritty Blend.”  My next door neighbor smiled when she saw me planting bulbs, and remarked, “I love your optimism.”    She most likely referred to the deer and the extreme heat of Summer which are deterrents to a lot of bulb planting, but the daffodils are immune to deer and this blend promises to withstand the Summer heat.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It is just a year ago that dear husband and I drove from Connecticut to Georgia to find a new home.  So I can safely say that you can garden year round on the Georgia coast.   We have been enjoying lettuce from our plot at Skidaway Farms from May to March, and  I have just planted ‘Flashy Trout Back’ and ‘Pirat’ lettuce, so yes, you can garden year round in Georgia.  I have also just planted ‘Hon Tsai Tai’, similar to broccoli rabe from the flowering brassica family.  You see it here with the lovely red stems, elongated leaves and as it grows it produces delicate yellow flowers that are deliciously edible! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Our little plot is just about planted out, with garlic, green onions, radishes, lettuce, beets and a couple of herbs.  Where to put the tomatoes and the dahlias?  You guessed it!  We had to rent another plot!  I am going to try the dahlias for a second year in Georgia.  They were a dismal failure last year, but I didn’t start early enough.  I am checking the average soil temperature and it is already predicted to be about 58 for late March.  That is warm enough for a dahlia tuber.  They like 60, but come on, dahlias!  Let’s get started!  What are you starting in your garden or under grow lights?

 

P.S.  My posts are a bit further apart these days, as I am writing a gardening column for a local magazine, but I do not plan to abandon Weed Street blog!  The Georgia gardening adventures continue!  And  I am planning trips to Taos, New Mexico and to Longwood Gardens, so stay tuned!

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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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6 Responses to A Southern Dance With Daffodils

  1. Karen B. says:

    Jayne,
    I envy your growing region. While we can garden year round, our daffodils only bloom for about a month, then they die back and we have to wait a full year for them to share their sunny faces with us. Our yard doesn’t enjoy a lot of sun so growing my own vegetables is not possible. I do grow chives and all of my herbs but lettuce would be a wonderful addition. Each time I read about someone growing their own, I get excited to try it again…maybe this year!?
    I’m happy to hear you will continue to squeeze in time to write your wonderful posts. How exciting to be writing for a magazine.
    xo,
    Karen

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  2. Hello dear Jayne….I’m from Brisbane, Queensland Australia and I guess in our climate we, too, can garden all year round. I like your planting selections and proposals….I adore dahlias but haven’t planted them in my garden….we’re about to move into a townhouse so my garden plans are ‘truncated’ shall we say. But I do plan on white hydrangeas….and star jasmine…..with shrubs of green with speckled white flowers. And a few huge rusty iron-wire balls as a feature! Love your glorious daffodils….and that delicious Hon Tsai Tai….I saw it growing in a very beautiful garden in Paris. So glorious!!!!

    Anyway love your blog….so lovely to read interesting words these days. Facebook just filled with ‘likes’!!!

    Enjoy the garden.

    Ciao

    Robyn

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  3. jody says:

    I do love the new birdbath! We are just beginning to see the grass now, so your daffodils are a welcomed sight! Still wish that you were gardening in the northeast … miss you all

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  4. bittster says:

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I’m looking forward to your traveling this year and I know it’s going to be a great summer.
    I won’t mention today’s snow. I don’t think you need to hear about that kind of stuff anymore.

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  5. When I lived in SC I had a neighbor who was determined to grow peonies and succeeded. I think you just have to find the right plant and work with it. He found a heat tolerant variety and puled all the mulch away in the winter so it would get as cold as possible. Love your daffs! 🙂

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