Book of Six © Six Great Daffodils

March 22, 2009 018


in time of daffodils

in time of daffodils(who know

the goal of living is to grow)

forgetting why.  remember how

in time of lilacs who proclaim

the aim of waking is to dream,

remember so(forgetting seem)

in time of roses(who amaze

our now and here with paradise)

forgetting if, remember yes

in time of all sweet things beyond

whatever mind may comprehend,

remember seeks(forgetting find)

and in a mystery to be

(when time from time shall set us free)

forgetting me, remember me

– e.e. cummings (1894-1962), American poet

Six great daffodils to plant now:

  1. February Gold
  2. Tete-a-Tete
  3. Cheerfulness
  4. Stainless
  5. Marieke
  6. Tahiti

Eek!  There are so many great daffodils to choose from. Check out Brent and Becky’s Bulbs

Copy and photos by Helen Yoest

Helen Yoest is a garden writer and coach through her business Gardening With Confidence Follow Helen on Twitter @HelenYoest and her Facebook page, the Gardening With Confidence fan page. Helen also serves on the board of advisors for the JC Raulston Arboretum.

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2 Comments »

  1. Carole said

    I have Tete a tete daffodils that make me extraordinarily happy near the end of that dreary part of winter when my soul is crying for something, anything, to be in bloom. And then suddenly these daffodils appear and turn the drear into cheer. They are one of the first flowers to poke up their cheery heads every year, sometimes they even beat the crocus. I just love these plants! Thanks for sharing this beautiful poem.

  2. You’re welcome Carole, they are especially sweet. The stainless steel are pretty nice here in North Carolina Mid Atlantic region because the bloom the same time the dogwoods do with a nice color echo. H.

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