Updated: Sep 9
June means the first daffodils are blooming! (Also my birthday month - hint hint!) Daffs are a sunny, happy part of winter.
Daffodils are part of the Narcissus genus. The name comes from Greek mythology about Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection in a pond. He stayed there staring at himself so long he turned into the flower bearing his name.
The best part is, they are bloody easy to grow. You can buy bulbs at a plant store or even online - and don’t just think plain yellow either. Daffodils come in all types of frills and ruffles, in colours ranging from to peach, white, cream or orange as well. You can pop them in the ground and they’ll pretty much look after themselves year after year, unlike some trickier bulbs like tulips and dahlias. Partial sun and well-draining soil will work best. They do well in pots too.
Cut the daffodils before they open fully for the longest vase life. Daffodils secrete a gooey fluid when they are cut, so it is best to sit them in their own vase, separate from other flower types. After 3+ hours, it is ok to put them into your arrangements without them shortening the vase life of other blooms.
They might be the easiest flower to arrange too - just fill a vase and let the colour speak for itself. Simple, stunning, and no need for foliage.