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Every hue of yellow, from lemon to goldenrod, snowy whites, rich creams, mandarin oranges, spring greens, apricots, and confection pinks abound. We love them all and can hardly wait for the new catalogues each year, showcasing the latest triumphs in this kingly class of fall bulbs.
Like the flowers, Daffodil bulbs come in a variety of sizes and it is best to use the rule of thumb, planting them twice as deep as they are wide with the point up. They do best in full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil, and many varieties will naturalize like weeds. As always, we implore you not to plant bulbs in stiff little rows. Daffodils look best when clustered and massed in natural drifts. Dig meandering ditches for them. Poke a few in here and there, forget about them, and let them come up as a spring surprise. Mix them up with other bulbs and perennials. They look wonderful with the blues of Hyacinths or Anemones. Daffodils have long, mid-green, strap-like foliage that will die back on its own. Some gardeners like to tie the leaves up in a knot once the bloom has finished, but we do not favour this as we prefer the bulb to complete its natural cycle undisturbed, thus assuring a return of splendour the following year.