Miniature Daffodils

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I wandered lonely as a Cloud
That floats on high o’er Vales and Hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd
A host of dancing Daffodils

- William Wordsworth

I’m getting quite an education in narcissus this year. Although, not just in the botanical sense, come to think of it. Har har.

It seems that as I familiarize myself with the various types, sizes, shapes, and colours that are out there, my attentions have been turning more towards the teeny, tiny, diorama-sized daffodils, like this Narcissus juncifolius I came upon the other day growing in the rock garden section of the Montreal Botanical Gardens. These bright little flowers were one of the highlights of my trip and I spent quite a lot of time documenting them with various cameras.

According to “Gardener’s Latin,” the species name juncifolius refers to the leaves, which are thin and cylindrical like the a grassy rush, aka juncus.

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I offer you this photo of one of the flowers next to Davin’s thumb so that you can get a better gauge of their scale.

Tiny but eye-catching.

Gayla Trail
Gayla is a writer, photographer, and former graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the author, photographer, and designer of best-selling books on gardening, cooking, and preserving.

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12 thoughts on “Miniature Daffodils

  1. So glad you captured these. I planted some last fall and promptly forgot what I had planted.(I’m in Washington state) When the skinny green leaves came up I was very puzzled. Just last week the first blooms opened and they are just the cutest thing. Daffodils are my favorite flower and it’s because of the poem you quoted which I memorized a couple of the verses as a child.

  2. The number and variety of narcissus amazed me when I first went to the UBC botanical gardens in Vancouver and saw their alpine gardens from around the world. Dozens and many very tiny.

  3. I got these in a pot for our Cancer Drive’s “Daffodil Days” so cute and a great cause. I planted them outside after they finished blooming now I just hope they come back next year.

  4. Awwww these are so cute and tiny. I would LOVE to have them in my garden some day! Does anyone sell them?

  5. I’ve planted Daffodils to save my hosta from bunny. Foliage of daffodils prevents the bunnies to go near the new leaves of hosta. Growing vegetables becomes enjoyable when I look at those pretty flowers.

  6. Steph: They aren’t available for sale until the late summer/fall so I’m not sure who will be carrying them this year.

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