Rainfall has been plentiful in the Napa Valley this year and my daffodils have been very happy. Even the most recently planted group is starting to bloom.
My late fall plantings are normally the last to bloom because I have to wait until the weather is cool enough to plant. Every year since the late 1980’s I have planted daffodils. I used to plant 500, then 350 a year. This year I only managed 150 partly because all the easy spots are taken and partly because the heavy clay soil is too tough for me now.
I carefully select my Narcissi from all the major types including Trumpet, Large Cupped, Trianadrus, Poeticus, Small Cupped, Tazetta, Jonquilla, Double, Split Cupped and Cyclaminineus. The latter are my favorite due to their swept back petals. The blooming season ranges from January to April.
Recently, I’ve decided I should focus on smaller cups and earlier bloom. The large cups can become too heavy with rain and tend to end up face-down in the grass. The late-blooming varieties often include beautiful salmon and pink colors, but they can get overwhelmed by the fast growing weeds.