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Daffodil

The Daffodil (Narcissus) is yet another flower that blooms in the beginning of spring. They have a very distinct look with their yellow, trumpet shaped blossoms.

There are many different types of this flower. They all look different, and grow at different times throughout the spring. They also come in other colors. Not just yellow!

Daffodils

Daffodils

Find your favorites and plant a garden full of these to last the whole season.

Besides being bulbs, they are also perennials. It seems like all of the spring favorites are perennials so they can grow back every year.

This flower belongs to the Narcissus plant group. While the Daffodil is the March birth month flower, Narcissus is the December birth month flower.

Since these flowers are bulbs, they need to be planted in the fall. Make sure the pointy ends are up and plant them (more then one), about 8-9 inches deep. Spread the bulbs out about 6 inches apart.

Make sure you plant the bulbs in well-drained soil because otherwise your bulbs will rot.

As the blossoms fall off and die, let the stems and leaves die off onto the ground so that new daffodils come back each year. Do not damage the foliage, as it will be hard for new ones to grow. Let nature take its course.

There are 12 different divisions of this plant.

Division 1: Trumpet Narcissus. The trumpet is named for its look. It has petals surrounding a trumpet like center. These are the flowers you usually see in gardens in the beginning of spring. They have one blossom off of each stem.

Division 2: Large-Cupped. This flower has several petals surrounding a cup-like center. They come in many different colors.

Division 3: Small-Cupped. Looks just like the large cupped and comes in the same colors. The cup-like center is just smaller.

Division 4: Double. This flower has outside petals surrounded a cluster of smaller petals in the center. This particular plant can have more than one flower per stem.

Division 5: Triandrus. They look like inside out umbrellas. Two or more flowers usually grow upon each stem, and they have small cupped centers with petal surrounding them that curve away from the center.

Division 6: Cyclamineus. One flower booms on each stem and this bloom resembles the bloom of the triandrus. The difference is that the bloom on the cyclamineus is larger. The center is bigger, and the petals that curve out away from the center are also larger.

Division 7: Jonquilla. The Jonquilla flowers look very pretty and dainty. They have small-cupped centers with flat petals surrounding them. Each stem usually get anywhere from 1 to 3 blossoms. They also have a very strong fragrant to them.

Division 8: Tazetta. The tazetta has many flowers that grow from one stem. They grow from a broad stem. They emit a very strong fragrance.

Division 9: Poeticus. This flower has extremely large petals with a small cup like center. The center has little frills around the edges, making it look very dainty.

Division 10: Wild Species. The wild species flower looks like a horn hanging off of the stem. It has a very different look to it and does not look like any of the other species.

Division 11: Split Corona. This plant looks like it is two separate flowers that are on the same stem, but the smaller flower is stuck on the larger flower.

Division 12: Miscellaneous All of the daffodils that are not yet classified.

Once you have selected the type you want in your garden, plant them and take care of them so that they return year after year.

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Cyclamen

Cyclamen is a very popular flower to have during the winter months. It is grown as a houseplant in the winter.

They also grow in the fall through the spring outdoors. When growing them outdoors, they grow best in shady spots.

Cyclamen Plant

Cyclamen Plant

First we will talk about the popular winter houseplant, then the outdoor species.

If you are growing Cyclamen, they grow from tubers in late fall or winter. They like the cooler temperatures in a house: around 55 – 60 degrees.

They love the sun but cannot be placed in direct sunlight. They need to be given an all-purpose liquid fertilizer about every other week.

The soil should be moist, but not drenched. If you place the plant on a pebble tray, they will grow very well.

Once the flowers begin to bloom, the flowers have a waxy look to them. They have a star like shape and grow in wonderful shades of pinks, reds and white.

The dark, green leaves grow below the flower and arch back slightly. This really is a lovely plant.

Cyclamens

Cyclamens

Now, growing this plant in the other seasons outdoors is a little different.

They also come in tubers, and you want to plant them in the summer. Plant them in an organic potting soil mix to promote healthy growth.

You also have to make sure that they soil has good drainage, so that the roots do not rot.

Set the tubers about an inch below the soil, and sprinkle pieces of leaves on top.

In the autumn when the plants finally begin to bloom, star shaped blooms fill the fields. Such wonderful colors of pinks, roses and white grow all around.

The leaves are a luscious, darker green that are shaped like delicate hearts. Everything about this plant screams dainty and delicate.

The plants will grow through the winter and in the spring or summer months, the plants will go dormant.

When the plant is in full bloom it resembles a shrub. Just don’t forget to grow it in the shade, and you will have a wondrous winter flower.

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Crocus in the Snow

Crocus in the Snow begin to pop their little heads out of the ground in early winter. Everyone loves when the Crocuses come out, because whether they are the early species, or the type that grow in spring, everyone knows spring is near!

This flower looks like any other crocus flower. It shoots up from the ground and has bulb shaped flowers. They are usually yellow, purple or white.

Crocus Flowers

Crocus Flowers

The crocus bulbs shaped flower opens to a wide fan like shape. The leaves that accompany this plant are long, thin and grass-like. The green leaves usually have a white stripe growing o them.

Begin to plant your Crocus in the Snow during the fall. Plant them no more than 3 inches deep. You should also space them about 3 inches apart.

Plant them in well-drained soil in a spot that receives a lot of sun.

Water them regularly in the winter when they begin growing. If you are having a dry spell, water them often. If you are not in a dry spell, then you only need to water them on an as needed basis.

When they fade back into the ground in through the other season, they can tolerate a drought or a lot of rain.

If you really like this plant then you will be extremely happy to know that they come back every year. Also they spread very quickly. So you can really enjoy this sunny plant during the winter.

If you decide to plant your flower in a flower pot, you can do so, but only for one season. Then you will have to transfer it outdoors to a garden.

This is so it will be able to bloom again. If you keep it in the pot, it will only grow for that one season.

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Crocus

Crocus flowers bloom in the beginning of spring. They are usually the very first flower you see when spring begins. Catch them fast though, because they don’t hang around for long.

They are bulbs that need to be planted in the fall to grow at the right time. Plant the bulbs about 3 inches deep and spread them out 2 inches apart.

Crocus

Crocus

The first sign of them growing in the spring are the leaves. I think that they have a very distinct look to them. They are tall and have a point at the tip. They almost look like larger, broader, pieces of grass.

After the leaves are out for a while, the flower finally blooms. Keep an eye out for them though, because if you blink, they’ll be gone!

They grow very close to the ground and blooms bright flowers of yellow, purple, and white. They only grow to be 4 to 6 inches tall.

The bloom of this flower is a distinct cup shaped blossom. The bloom opens and looks as if it is yelling, Spring is here! I used to think that the bloom looked like a ducks beak!

You can plant these flowers almost anywhere because they tolerate different types of soil and temperature. They do however like to be in the sun.

Yellow Crocus

Yellow Crocus

Try to plant lots of bulbs close together. The more you plant, the more will grow, and the prettier your flowerbed will be.

Spring isn’t the only season for this brightly colored plant. They can also grow in the fall. It’s like a burst of spring during the fall season.

 

There are many different species of this plant that grow in the fall, and they bloom between September and November.

If they begin to grow too many in one spot, wait until the end of spring, when both the flowers and the foliage is gone, and divide and replant the flowers.

Although these plants are bulbs, they are also perennials. Which means they will grow back for years and years to come!

These flowers, along with tulips, really are the flowers of spring. They are the first ones you see, and the ones that get us the most excited that spring is here!

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Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox is an easy flower to grow in the spring. There are many different species of phlox. Each species is different, but they are all fairly easy to grow.

Most require no maintenance. These plants are perennials and will grow again every year.

Creeping Phlox

Creeping Phlox

After planting phlox seeds, they attach to the ground and grow wildly throughout the flower garden.

Phlox is a ground-covering flower similar to periwinkle. They grow and spread low to the ground and cover the earth in a fragrant beautiful blanket.

Some verities of this flower come in colors like lavender, pink, white, and blue. They begin to grow in the beginning of spring. By the time summer arrives, thee flowers are a distant memory.

One of the most popular types of Phlox is Moss Pinks. They grow low to the ground and are magenta, bright pink, lavender or white.

Another popular type is Sweet William. They grow in the middle of spring and grow to be and little bit taller then the Moss Pinks.

Garden Phlox Flower

Garden Phlox Flower

They can grow well in shaded areas and are very low maintenance.

Alyssum-leaved Phlox is a species that grow to be only 2 to 4 inches tall. They are white flowers that sometimes have a hint of pale pink or lavender in them.

Another type called Crackerjack is a bright magenta color with dark green foliage.

Growing phlox is fairly simple. Plant the seeds or already grown flowers in well-drained soil. You can plant them in an area that is in the sun, but gets some shade.

As the plant blooms it will release seeds that plant themselves into the ground. These are the seeds that will grow again the next year.

The only care phlox needs are to be cut back when they grow to be to wild, and water them in periods of drought.

Once your Phlox begins to grow, enjoy the beauty it brings to your home!

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