Daily Archives: February 16, 2011

Jon-a-quils? Daffodils?


Whatever you prefer to call them, they’re definitely one of the first signs of spring.

I hadn’t thought to look for my jonquil/daffodil sprouts until The Cotton Wife posted a picture of hers on her blog one day last week. Even after reading Jen’s post, I still didn’t think to go look for mine.

A few days after Jen’s posting, we had a dusting of snow during the night. The next day,  I finally remembered to look in my yard.

How could I have driven by them several times a day and not noticed them before now?

But, sure enough, there they were! I love jonquils/daffodils.  My Mom had them growing in her yard. But Mom always added an extra syllable and called them “jon-a-quils”. Do you suppose if I call them “jon-a-quils”,  they’ll grow to be as pretty as my Mom’s were?

 Jonquils/daffodils are so easy to grow. And best of all, they evidently aren’t tasty to the deer and rabbits.  It’s always a good thing when the critters and I don’t fight over flowers.

I actually did a little research as I was writing this entry. It seems there are differences between jonquils and daffodils.  Jonquils are much more fragrant, but daffodils grow taller. Daffodil stems are long and slender, where jonquils have rounded stems. And daffodils only have one bloom per stem, where jonquils have more.

Which variety do I have in my yard?  Hmmm….I’ll get back with you on that in a couple of weeks……