The Garden Guy: Narcissus, Trumpets of Spring Bring Incredible Joy

Erlicheer narcisuss forms elegant rose-looking bouquets of fragrance. (Photo by Norman Winter)

By Norman Winter, Horticulturist, Author, Speaker

The first hint of spring is trumpeting, so to speak, in North Texas with the arrival of the narcissus, or daffodil. I hate writing about flowers that are opposite their planting season, but, on the other hand, there are certainly some lessons that can be learned. The biggest lesson is which ones will naturalize in your area. You have to admit that looking at a catalogue of daffodil blooms will make you want each and every one.

Over the years I have been blessed to go to farms in Louisiana with Bill Welch of Texas A&M while he was researching for his book “The Southern Heirloom Garden.” Seeing acres of naturalized Narcissus Campernelli will be an everlasting memory.

While most of us don’t have acres of land in which to cultivate, we would like to see our daffodils become happy and to naturalize.

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