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Daffodils

Yellow Trumpets Sara K Bishop 08032017

Display of 20 different daffodils outside the Visitor centre and planted throughout the gardens especially in the Rock Garden.

Daffodils have the scientific name Narcissus. The word narcissus comes from the Greek myth of Narcissus - a man who was so obsessed with his own reflection, he drowned in a pond. The plant that sprung from where he died was then given his name.

There are staggering 81 species of daffodils in the wild and are found around the Mediterranean especially Spain and Portugal. Some species, such as the Narcissus pseudonarcissus (pictured above growing at Ness) can be found as far north as the UK.  In the wild, daffodils, can be found in a range of areas, from rocky hillsides to grassland and woods.

Daffodils are easy to grow in our gardens as they can put up with a wide variety of soils in sunny or partially shaded spots. Just plant bulbs at two to three times their depth in lawns or beds in the autumn.  Easy to grow, problems with daffodil have simple solutions. If they don't flower one year, "daffodil blindness" - don't tidy up the leaves after flowering, the bulbs need them to photosynthesis.  Also lift and divide large clumps to avoid overcrowding.

Daffodils are also used in medicine - they produce a chemical called galantamine, which is used to treat Alzheimer's disease.

 

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