Daffodils are easy to maintain; they tend to look like larger versions of buttercup flowers. Under the best growing conditions, they’ll multiply and can outlast any of us (!).
Here are three ways to display them:
Bunch some daffodils and wrap them with strips of natural burlap or brightly-colored twine to create a topiary-like (lemon lollipop) shape that will stand in a wide windowsill where you can enjoy them while using the kitchen sink or doing the laundry.
Place a single daffodil or a group of three in glass bud vases on top of a silver tray. Add a few fine twigs to offset the formality of the arrangement.
Glue bark to empty tin cans or purchase bark containers at a retail store. Fill the containers with daffodils, and place them on a tray of moss for an instant woodsy retreat.
Did You Know That…..
The daffodil is the official flower for the month of March.
The daffodil is also known as: Jonquil, Narcissus, Paperwhite and ‘Poet’s Hower.’
Scientists have discovered narciclasine, a natural compound found in daffodil bulbs, may be therapeutic in treating brain cancer.
The Daffodil Data Bank has accounted for over 13,000 hybrids, and apart from the regular yellow, there are others which come in a range of color combinations, like yellow and orange, yellow and white, orange and white, lime-green and pink colors.
In the Victorian eara, daffodils represented chivalry.
Because of their long association with Lent in England, they are known as the “Lent Lilly.”
The daffodil is the 10th wedding anniversary flower.
A gift of daffodils is said to ensure happiness.
Did You Know That…..
There are more than 25,000 documented orchid series around the world.
Want to add a few orchids to your home? Make sure that you choose a type that will thrive in the conditions where you want to display it, according to Cynthia Druckenbrod, Cleveland Botanical Garden’s vice president of horticulture and resident orchid expert.
She recommends that beginners start with a moth orchid (phalaenopsis). This plant likes indirect light and will thrive for a long time with proper care.
Moth orchids are also sturdy and easy to care for, but avoid overwatering them. Druckenbrod suggests watering by simply placing three ice cubes in the pot each week. Besides safely limiting the amount of water the plant gets, the ice also provides a little cold shock that she believes helps the plant retain its flower spikes and eventually re-bloom.
When the plant’s finished blooming cut off the flower stem if it gets yellow and dies back, making the cut where the stem goes from yellow to green. If the stem stays green, leave it alone.
Druckenbrod further recommends giving the plant about a year to re-bloom; if it doesn’t, you’re probably better off replacing it.
Sources: “It’s time for daffodils”-by Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press (Newport News, VA) and “Fast Facts”-3quarterstoday.com-The (Sunday) Vindicator, March 31, 2013, “Orchid Mania”-McClatchy Newspapers-The (Sunday) Vindicator, February 16, 2014