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The Simple Pleasure of Daffodils

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Daffodils in the editor’s childhood garden: Narcissus asturiensis, barely five inches tall (above), and N. 'White Lion', a double from the 1940s (below)

The Simple Pleasure of Daffodils

For decades, I've wondered if the folks staffing the mail-order desk at Grant Mitsch Daffodils in Oregon realized that the fellow ordering one each of two or three different Narcissus cultivars was only eleven years old.

Daffodils were among the first flowers that I learned by name as a child, and I was excited to be spending my meager allowance for those few bulbs each year. There was something magical—even mystical—about planting bulbs in the fall, as the leaves were falling all around. There was also an immense amount of trust placed in those brown, papery-sheathed bulbs—especially for a child—that they would appear five months later and brighten our garden. Finally, there was the thrill of watching the shoots break through the half-frozen soil and lingering snow, and burst into bloom in the hazy sunlight of a Michigan spring.

Bulbs such as daffodils were wonderfully dependable in that cold climate. As landscap...


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