These little Ice Follies daffodils always bless us with the hope of warmer spring days just before everything else starts to bloom. When you think spring will never come, here they bloom, promising us that spring is just around the corner.
I know, I am writing about more daffodils, but just look at them. Can you think of any other flower that is so sunny and spring looking? That is why everyone needs some daffodils and other members of the narcissus family in their yards.
They multiply and grow easily all over East Texas. Ice Follies open into soft yellow trumpets surrounded by brilliant white petals then turn lighter each day until they are a creamy yellow with white. They are among the largest of the daffies that have large blooms.
These Ice Follies, Fortune (a large yellow) and the old-time King Alfred (not the King Alfred of today) are all large flowering and will multiply for years without having to be dug. All need to be dug when the clump is large with few blooms.
Leaves of narcissus, which includes daffodils and jonquils as well, are the engines of the plant. They make the food that is stored in the bulbs, which will insure a good bloom for next year. The leaves must stay until six to eight weeks after the blooms finish to make that food. Yes, they get ratty looking, but be patient and you will be blessed next year with these beauties when winter just won’t give way to spring.