Monday, March 26, 2012

Gone Daffy

Yesterday was the last day of my conifer identification class at the NYBG.  We were supposed to have a final examination where we would go out and identify 25 different conifers, but the instructor took us on a daffodil identification lesson instead.  In his words "There's no better time than today to look at the daffodils."  There was a take home written component to the exam which will now have to count for the total grade.  Oh well, no complaints from me.

I have new-found appreciation for this ubiquitous harbinger of Spring.  I certainly did not know that there were so many divisions in the Narcissus family (11 in all!) - from Trumpet to Poeticus to Doubles to Small Cups to Split Corona to Cyclamineus....and the list goes on.  My head was reeling and I couldn't keep up with the varieties in each division.

By the way, there was a bit of a drizzle coming down and a nip in the air.  In other words, a perfect early Spring day.  With all of this warm weather we've been having, I had almost forgotten what an early Spring day could be like.  It was perfection in my eyes.





















8 comments:

  1. Michael,
    Lucky you to be so close to NYBG and learn about Narcissus during your conifer class!

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  2. Daffodils are lovely flowers, but the conifer class would be way more interesting.
    Cher Sunray Gardens

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  3. Just discovered your blog, great reading and lovely photographs.

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  4. Beautiful photos.
    Michael, did you know that we call daffodils for Easter lily here in Sweden.
    In my garden the daffodils are in bloom in the middle of june.
    Have a great day.

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    1. I've never heard the usage of Easter Lily to daffodils! If they bloom in mid June for you, when do the crocus and hyacinths and early spring bulbs bloom in your zone?

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    2. The early spring flowers like chrocus are in bloom in the middle of may, right now the garden is covered with snow.
      Hyacinths are not hardy perennial for my zone.
      The tulips started to bloom in the beginning of june, but the early spring flowers started to bloom right now in the south parts of Sweden.
      That´s a far away from here.

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  5. When I think of all the latin names I drummed into my brain when studying horticulture...that's what books are for as far as I'm concerned. Some weird and wonderful daffies you've photographed. My favourite, which I saw in an old graveyard near home, were some very simple miniature ones.

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    1. I have fallen for the "miniature" daffodils. One does not seem them as often and I think they are quite elegant.

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