"What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity? These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life's pathway, the good they do is inconceivable."

- Joseph Addison

About Daffodils

Daffodils, commonly known as narcissus, are very preferred flowers.These bloom early spring, thus bringing warmth and color to our life. Blooming early, daffodils can be considered messengers of spring. Daffodils are easy to grow, and this aspect enhances their popularity.As stated on http://gardersnet.com/flower/daffodil.htm daffodils are extremely easy to grow. We have to pop a few into our flower bed in the fall and daffodils will awaken brightly in the spring! Taking a closer look at the planting guide, we can see the rules that have to be obeyed. Daffodils need at least half a day of sun. These grow well in zones 3-8 and most of them reach the height of 10-18 inches. When planting these one should dig a hole three times as deep as the bulb is wide. The bulbs have to be covered with soil and tap down to remove air pockets. When planting daffodils, one should not use fertilizers. Particularly in cold climates daffodils have to be planted early fall, so they will have time to form fibrous roots before the ground freezes.In order to keep them flowering well, daffodils have to be divided every 5-6 tears. Furthermore daffodils have to be fertilized every year after they bloom. http://www.gardenguides.com/plants/info/flowers/bulbs/daffodil.asp We can distinguish several types of daffodils. Even tough these resemble, every type has its particular beauties. Thus in what follows, I would like to present these types.* Trumpet Daffodils This type can be considered the classic daffodils, which are perfect for bedding.There is one big, bold flower per stem. Their foliage is gray-green.* Large-Cupped Daffodils These daffodils can be considered versatile for bedding, cutting, forcing and naturalizing. Colors of the blossoms are also versatile: shades of yellow, orange, pink and red. Even whites are also available.* Cyclamineus Daffodils This type of daffodils is perfect for borders, rock gardens and naturalizing. Cyclamineus daffodils are very attractive, they are earlier than most daffodils and tolerate shade and heavier soil.* Double Daffodils They have a central cluster of petals, and not a single trumpet. This type can make up to 20 flowers per stem.* Jonquilla Daffodils They enjoy summer’s hot sun. Each stem of this type has several small, fragrant flowers. Their foliage is narrow and grasslike.* Miniature Daffodils Miniature daffodils include all the form listed above. They can reach six inches height. This type can be considered ideal for rock gardens.* Poeticus Daffodils Their blossoms have large white petals, with small red-rimmed cups. They are the last of daffodils to bloom. This type has a particularly spicy fragrance.* Small-Cupped Daffodils These daffodils last the longer; have vivid and exceptional colors adding brilliance to a spring border.* Species Daffodils This type can be considered an umbrella term for the wild forms. These reseed themselves readily. http://www.gardenguides.com/plants/info/flowers/bulbs/daffodil.Daffodils are lovely and generally liked flowers. These wonderful flowers, inspired several men’s of letters. William Wordsworth, for example, the great English poet of the 18th century wrote a poem about them. I wandered lonely as a cloud is a very famous poem, having daffodils as symbols. The poem’s original title was The Daffodils, denoting the poet’s fascination with these flowers.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,Continuous as the stars that shine and twinkle on the Milky Way,They stretched in never-ending linea long the margin of a bay:Ten thousand saw I at a glance,Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.The waves beside them danced; but they Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:A poet could not but be gay, in such a jocund company:I gazed - and gazed - but little thought what wealth the show to me had brought:For oft, when on my couch I lie In vacant or in pensive mood,They flash upon that inward eye Which is the bliss of solitude;And then my heart with pleasure fills,And dances with the daffodils. http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-wandered-lonely-as-a-cloud