Spring without daffodils is unthinkable. They are easy to grow and there are hundreds of varieties from which to choose.
They are a bulbous plant with upright stems carrying one or more flower and separate upright leaves. The general shape is trumpet-like, but in some varieties that trumpet is so shortened that it is more like a cup.
For exhibition purpose they are divided up into 12 classes or division, depending on the shape of the flower. These classes have little or no effect on method of cultivation.
The predominant colour is yellow, but white, pink and orange also play a part. Many are delightfully fragrant.
The majority of daffodils that are grown are the big cultivars, but there are also a number of delightful species. These are much smaller and although a number can be grown outside, others need special culture in a bulb frame or alpine house.
Daffodils will grow in a variety of soils. they should be planted in early autumn and can be left in the ground. They can be planted amongst other plants, used in containers or naturalized in grass. Do not cut down the foliage until it turns brown. Divide clumps or apply a high potash fertiliser after flowering if flowering is poor.