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Daffodil 'Pink Charm'

The roller coaster weather of early spring doesn’t bother daffodils much. A hard freeze burns the leaf tips of paperwhites, but most daffodils are much hardier and show no ill effects at all. A little bit of warm weather brings them up and out, and any cool temperatures just keep them fresh longer.

Daffodil 'Salome'

I’ve grown partial to the pink-cupped daffies in recent years. They are not very pink actually, but shades of peach and coral. They flower a little later than most of the shocking yellow ones, toning down the garden’s color palette just as the azaleas begin to turn it up again.

Daffodil 'Delnashaugh'

From top to bottom: Narcissus ‘Pink Charm’, Narcissus ‘Salome’, Narcissus ‘Delnashaugh’

Merry Christmas

Amaryllis 'Merry Christmas'

You’re looking down the throat of an amaryllis with me. This one is called Merry Christmas, but even though I potted it in early October, it didn’t bloom until now. I would rename it Happy Valentine’s Day, but no one’s asked me.

Amaryllis 'Merry Christmas' in bud

An amaryllis is welcome whenever it blooms, though, and intense red is a nice jolt of energy on a cold and windy winter morning.

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