Monday, March 22, 2010

A lone daffodil

A single daffodil in the middle of a (scruffy & unmowed) spring lawn piqued my interest.

Where did it come from?

I hadn't planted it, certainly, and there are other singles that have popped up elsewhere.

It didn't seem like squirrels would have moved a bulb (since daffodils are distasteful), but establishment from seed didn't seem obvious (in the middle of a lawn), either. Nor would having come in with leaf mulch make sense in this spot.

A bit of research revealed that some daffodils, especially the simpler-flowered ones, do set some viable seed. So, it's undoubtedly a reflection of an good year, weather-wise, for germination and establishment of several new daffodil plants in unlikely spots!

How the seeds were dispersed there in the first place is another question entirely.

Notice that there's another daffodil in front of the flowering one that's established, but not flowering...


  1. Isn't it great how nature has a way of asserting itself!?

    In our garden, snowdrops have spread from a few small clumps. i suspect, though, that my small garden assistants (bantams) have more than a hand (or scratching foot) in this.

    Enjoy Spring Lisa!

  2. Hmm. I don't have any 'official' gardening assistants, but there are seed-eating, ground-feeding birds that scuffle and scratch about -- brown thrashers come to mind.

    And I'm definitely going to enjoy spring this year, thanks! It's been a long winter.



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