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Flowers 101: Daffodils

What with the arrival of spring and the wedding season, I thought it was the perfect time to start my new weekly recurring feature, Flowers 101. Many brides and hostesses even have the perfect flower in mind for a wedding or centerpiece, but are heartbroken to find out that it is not in season. Imported flowers can be super expensive and I hope to help you avoid this mistake by educating you on various flower types. Let's start with a flower that just bloomed in my backyard: the daffodil. An early bloomer, daffodils herald the arrival of Spring in late February and early March. Also known as narcissus, there are over 25 various daffodil species. In your garden monitor the soil moisture and feed with all purpose bulb fertilizer. In an arrangement, place the stems in tepid water for a few hours to ensure they will live a long life. Daffodils pair nicely with tulips, grape hyacinths, and foliage plants. Quite tolerant of cold, daffodils grow in the full sun/part shade throughout most of the US with the exception of Florida. Their bulbs are quite durable and contain poisonous crystals that protect the flowers from being eaten by squirrels or rodents. They come in every hue of yellow (from lemon to goldenrod), snowy whites, rich creams, mandarin oranges, spring greens, apricots, and pinks - all of which would be beautiful in any bouquet.

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veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
nice flowers. I like hydrangeas
ALSW ALSW 8 years
So springy and pretty! Ah, I'm so ready for warm weather...
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
so pweety! hehe
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
so pweety! hehe
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Pretty!
crispet1 crispet1 8 years
Pretty!
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I love daffodils! I'm going to get some this week for my dining room table.
djjax djjax 8 years
when it comes to bridal bouquets i find you do need to watch out with scented flowers ... daffodils are scented and some are really really strong. For my wedding I really wanted Lilacs but my sister in law is a allergic which really bummed me out. I ended up using silk peonies instead they were beautiful!
Tisane Tisane 8 years
I love daffodlis - Welsh flowers :)
llendril llendril 8 years
that is such a beautiful bouquet the bride is carrying!
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