Daffs to die for

Today 7 May I am wrapping pots of daffodils for my daughter. I have six pots of them to zjoosh for Mother’s Day gifts and  have a had a little bit of a dilemma on how to Daff wrap in a way that allows them to breathe and take on water as well as pack a little visual punch.

I really so love daffodils. I really wish I was a more consistent gardener and that I could grow them. But I am not a consistent gardener – I just buy lots of stuff at Bunnings in the fond hope it will transform me into someone who can make plants grow and thrive. I  felt I owed it to the Daffodil to find out more.

When researching daffodils I went straight to the Gardening Australia Fact Sheet – anything less would be treacherous  – and I found out a heap of stuff. I know plants in the genus Narcissus are from the Amaryllidaceae family and include trumpet flowered yellow daffodils and the multi-headed sweet smelling jonquils. I have no idea why I have always considered jonquils the poor cousin to daffodils. Sorry jonquils.

The exact origin of the name Narcissus is unknown, but it has been linked to a Greek word for intoxicated narcotic and the myth of the youth of that name who fell in love with his own reflection. I’ve worked for a few people like that.

Daffodils grow well  in pots (thank goodness for that) or as mass drifts in the garden. Although one must be aware of the fine line between a mass planting and a drift. Daffodils do look rather fabulous en masse, so whenever you get the chance, go big on the daffs.

I wrapped the daffs in white cellophane, providing a layer of protection when the pots are watered. I had a few goes at getting the pleats round the pot to sit correctly, but I just imagined it as a short squat bottle of wine and that helped. I tried some patterned papers but it was just too too much. I embellished with a fabulous yellow and white striped bow because there is very little that does not look better with a classic French awning ribbon.




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