Daffodil Silver

I have a favorite garden writer – well, actually I have two – but today we’ll stick with the inimitable Beverley Nichols: British, highly opinionated, passionate about all things horticultural, and a wonderful writer:

As we all know, the only way to plant daffodils is to pile them on to a tray, and then to run out into the orchard and hurl the tray into the air; planting them exactly where they fall. There may be other, less orthodox methods;  if so they should be spurned. The tray, the ecstatic gesture — that is the only sure road to success.

I like to imagine that long ago somebody who lived at Rosedon did exactly that.

Spring brings something special to the woods leading up to the house from the road. Daffodils, hundreds of them, have naturalized. The cheerful little clumps have no rhyme or reason, really, as to where they appear and are all the better for it.


As we come up our driveway, it is a sure sign of spring when those daffodils start nodding their bright yellow heads at us from deep within the woods.


I was ambitious in the early years of our Barn stewardship and dug out large clumps to have near the house. But now I sort of like them just where they are.  The daffodil is a hardy heirloom plant that survives whatever nature throws at it including the dreaded deer. Deer, voles, and squirrels don’t like them. Just another reason to love the humble daffodil.


Yes, that’s my version of how these daffodils got here. Somebody went out with bulbs — on a silver tray, of course — and hurled them into the woods.  And I thank them.


I know just how he feels!


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18 Responses to Daffodil Silver

  1. dorothy says:

    I think it would be great to have a good ole hurling party, from a silver tray of course, There are lots of things that I would like to hurl as I get my spring booth ready to jump start the seasons ahead and am finding my accummulations are out of control. Maybe I could find a silver plated dumpster rather than a tray to ta ke care of my hurlngs. Of course that ‘t happen and I will just move on and even tho I am not planting glorious daffodils I hope to be planting ideas for the season. HApPY SPRING Y’all.


  2. Diane Ahlberg says:

    Too cool- the thought of someone planting bulbs that way
    When the daffodils come up every year I always find some where I know I haven’t planted them- thank you to the squirrels
    All your daffodils in the woods look gorgeous and yes a sign that Spring is coming- trumpets letting us know there is more to come!


  3. Mary says:

    Beautiful pictures! I will attempt to plant some daffodils too if the deer do not like them. Thanks for another fun post.


  4. Sheryl says:

    Your comment about daffodils growing wherever someone threw them reminded me of the time my sister-in-law gave me a grocery bag full of iris bulbs. At the time we lived in a house on a lot that was largely wooded. She told me to just throw the bulbs in the woods–and that they’d take hold and start growing. She was right and the following year I had lots of beautiful iris. It’s amazing how easy it is to grow some of the old heirloom flowers.


    • Funny you would mention iris. I had giant clumps that I couldn’t give away so I tossed them into the woods. They are coming up all over this spring. That’s the number one problem with getting iris to bloom in the garden: being planted too deeply. Thanks for popping over, Sheryl.


  5. Sue Mayo says:

    Do you mean that you can just toss iris bulbs and daffodils in the woods and they would take care of themselves?


    • No. Bulbs need to be planted but then they will naturalize within the woods all by themselves. Iris, on the other hand, can be thrown into the woods and if the rhizomes land in a nice pile of compost-ey leaves, they will thrive. Now they may not bloom much because of leaf cover. They do need sun. The iris I threw in the woods are on the edges and will get enough sun there to actually bloom. Pretty cool, huh.


      • Sue Mayo says:

        Very cool. I was just thinking of the woods next to my house. Years ago, I planted field azaleas along the edge of the woods and they have done very well over the years.


  6. Myra Mcaulty says:

    Sooo jealous! We still have snow in the yard and where the ground is bare it is too soft to walk on! I can’t wait to go out and get my hands dirty!


    • I know, Myra. Every time I’ve been impatient to get out into the garden, I remind myself that I could be up in New England and have a few more weeks to go. Spring is slowly crawling up I-95 — and won’t it be a glorious one?


  7. Beautiful pictures, I love the daffodils 🙂 Looks like they have naturalized well! Every time we plant daffodils the raccoons find them and eat them. Last year we tried again, 4 bags of 100 and they ate them all. I enjoyed visiting your site 😉

    Visit my site sometime if you get a chance! posted today Rocky Creek Moss Covered Rocks


  8. Thank you for visiting my blog and for your kind comment. Your driveway is beautiful with the naturalized daffodils. I look forward to reading more of your postings. P. x


  9. cindy knoke says:

    Great photos and sign me up in the loves daffodils club~


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