Even William Wordsworth probably saw fewer daffodils at a glance than appear in this shot. Intensive planting in grass land have now naturalised into producing a fine spring display(with some litter).
‘I wondered 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’
Tips for Buying Daffodils
- Visit a Daffodil Show this Spring – Your local or regional spring daffodil show is a perfect place to view many different types of daffodils. You can easily find out which varieties do well in your part of the world.
- Order Early – This is not a marketing gimmick. Early orders generally get the pick of the crop. Your chances are better of getting exactly what you order with no surprises. Catalogues are generally sent in spring and early summer.
- Compare Prices - Prices are not the same. Our opinion is that you do get what you pay for. Cheap bulbs are generally cheap for a reason. Smaller bulbs generally give smaller and fewer flowers. If it seems too good to be true it probably is!
- Be Aware – Some General Bulb Merchants routinely change bulb names and some may even substitute varieties without your knowledge. Ask other gardeners on Web forums about their experiences with specific suppliers. Try choose a specialist supplier.
- Read the Fine Print - Check the guarantee. Terms vary widely. Will they replace or refund in case of problems. Are the bulbs guaranteed true to name?
- Choose a variety – make sure you variety is fit for purpose. If you want cut flowers or varieties for naturalising seek out appropriate types