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Archive: April 18, 2017

What’s Beautiful Now: Daffodils & Cherries Galore

Posted in Around the Garden on April 18 2017, by Matt Newman

Photo of Prunus KanzanSpring’s beauty is settling into its groove this week, with strong showings from both our cherry trees and our daffodils. They should reach peak color soon, meaning this week and into the weekend will offer a great opportunity to see these collections in rare form!

Elsewhere in the garden, such as the Rock Garden and Home Gardening Center, early tulips are beginning to make an appearance, while the magnolia collection is now blooming and fragrant.

See what’s happening below!

Daffodil Hill & Liasson Valley

Daffodil Hill & Liasson Valley
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The show is on with hundreds of thousands of daffodils blooming across these two collections and throughout the Garden. Expect peak color this week!

What’s in a Plant Name? Narcissus, Daffodils, and Jonquils

Posted in Around the Garden on April 18 2017, by Katherine Wagner-Reiss

Katherine Wagner-Reiss has her certificate in botany from NYBG and has been a tour guide at the Garden for two years.

Flowering daffodils (narcissus) at NYBGDaffodils, narcissus, and jonquils can get jumbled in the mind, but they are easily sorted out.

Daffodil is the common name for spring-flowering bulbs in the genus Narcissus, of which there are over 50 species. One species, Narcissus jonquilla has its own common name, jonquil. When in doubt, you can never go wrong by calling any of these flowers “narcissus,” since they are all in that genus.

The name daffodil is an alteration of the name for another striking flower, the asphodel. No one knows how the initial “D” came to be added to daffodil. So lovely is the asphodel that it was said to grow in the Elysian Fields: blessed fields of the afterlife in ancient Greek literature. Asphodelus alba is planted in the NYBG Perennial Garden; I will certainly be looking for its bloom this summer!

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