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Planted in fall, the returning rains initiate growth producing some of the earliest showy blooms of the new growing season.

The creamy while, double blossoms of 'Erlicheer' daffodils are powerfully fragrant. Photo: Lucy Tolmach

Extremely drought tolerant for six months of the year, daffodils thrive in Western gardens. Long, arid summers keep dormant bulbs dry, helping to prevent basal rot and other diseases common where soil conditions are warm and moist. With their power to lift our spirits at the end of a drab winter with colorful blooms and fragrance, daffodils convince us that spring has arrived. For spring bloom, bulbs must be planted in the fall. Now is the time to start thinking about next year’s show.

You’ll find the best selection of choice varieties through reputable mail order sources recommended by the American Daffodil Society and through a variety of West Coast specialty bulb growers. Quality daffodil catalogs organize their stock into 13 divisions categorized by shape, size, color, and bloom time, providing lots useful information for selecting just the right bulb for your garden’s situ...

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