I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees.
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Daffodils are in the narcissus family and should be planted by November to bloom the following spring. They multiply easily and are shunned by deer and voles. I suggest that you dig up some of the bulbs every five years and replant elsewhere or share the excess with friends.
Daffodils need well-drained soil in a sunny space. When the soil is mostly clay, spade an area 12 inches deep and place the bulb, refilling the space with compost or other enriched soil. Daffodils need lots of water while the roots are forming and the bulb is growing.
The bulbs make next year’s blooms right after flowering. A scattering of fertilizer in mid-March and again in mid-May will provide the nutrients to secure blossoms for next year. Never cut down the foliage until it is limp and yellow.
There is a Greek myth about a handsome boy named Narcissus. A goddess fell in love with him because of his beauty, but because the boy was not smitten by her, she decided to get revenge.
Narcissus was told that he should never look at himself, but the goddess took him to a mirror-clear lake where he was tricked into looking at his face. The boy fell in love with himself.
The myth says he was made to disappear, and in his place a golden plant appeared. The flower bore his name.
Psychologist now warn in vain to be aware of the Narcissus complex.
“Have you ever looked into the heart of a flower? I love their delicacy, their disarming innocence, and their defiance of life itself.”
– Princess Grace