Little Miss Sunshine

The couple who built our house were Dutch, and being Dutch, the welcoming neighbors felt obliged to offer up a selection of Daffodils for Mrs. Von B’s new garden. It is a small town “vernacular” to provide new-comers with the fruits of your talents and many of the ladies in the area are avid gardeners.

Daunted by planting hundreds upon hundreds of Daffodil bulbs, Mrs. Von B, unaware that Daffodils are poisonous, scattered the bulbs through the woods surrounding the house in the hopes that the local wildlife would snatch them up for lunch.

Daffodil bulbs will grow anywhere. ANYWHERE. They need not be planted, they need zero tending, and they’re a naturalizing bulb, meaning they will happily multiply without so much as a wish.

Being poisonous, Daffodils are not a staple in the diet of the deer. In fact, none of the wildlife will even approach a Daffodil bloom, nevermind the bulb. Imagine Mrs. Von B’s surprise the following spring when her scattered bulbs sprang forth in a field of sunshine.

Each spring, I have a conversation with the owner’s of the local General Store, that’s become as much of a tradition as our annual foray into the Sugar Bush.
Mike: “Garden’s ready for planting season, Jenn?”
Me: “Not yet, Mike, waitin’ on the mulch.”
Mike: “Time’s a-comin’, gonna be ready?”
Me: “Here’s hopin’, You?”
Mike: “Not this year, too much construction goin’ on in the yard”
Steve: “Daffodil’s are looking nice, you’re off to a great start.” [insert sarcastic snort]



  1. April 17, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    That’s so funny. I hope the rest of the animals are as smart as the deer about not eating them. I don’t eat them either, but I might have out of misguided politeness if someone had offered any.

  2. April 19, 2010 at 9:24 pm

    Ohh poor Mrs. Von B ! Sprung!

  3. willowbatel said,

    April 20, 2010 at 2:33 am

    It’s a shame they’re poisonous (I didn’t know that), but they sure are pretty along the hill side. Are you guys going to remove them so that they don’t spread further, or just leave them and let them grow wild?

    • April 20, 2010 at 8:07 am

      We’ve been pulling them up over the last couple of years and putting them in the flowerbeds, but we are going to leave some of them where they are. They’re not an “invasive” plant, so they’re pretty contained to where Mrs. Von B. threw them…not like the periwinkle she must have planted years ago…it’s absolutely EVERYWHERE. We’ve been thinning the daffodils out and passing them along to friends, but there are just so many! No matter how many I pull out in the fall, the treeline is still full of them in the spring.

  4. willowbatel said,

    April 20, 2010 at 6:35 pm

    Hmm… I’d be interested to know the effects of planting the daffodils around the perimeter of one’s vegetable garden. Do you think the animals would leave it all alone, or just pick around the daffodils?

    • April 20, 2010 at 10:02 pm

      Apparently planting daffodils around the garden is supposed to deter the wildlife, but I think you’d have to plant a lot. There’s daffodils all over, and the chipmunks and field mice still steal any unprotected seeds.

      • willowbatel said,

        April 21, 2010 at 2:06 am

        Aww chipmunks. I haven’t seen a chipmunk in months. Maybe try planting some sunflowers? It might change the stealing habits of the little critters. Or just increase the population.

        • April 21, 2010 at 7:38 pm

          My son’s solution is to sit out there with a pellet gun! I usually just try to plant enough for everybody…squirrels, chipmunks and us…oh, and the deer in the fall. I tried sunflowers last year, and the little buggers dug up all the seeds. This year, I’m going to try to germinate the seeds in the house first, and see how that goes…maybe they’ll leave my garden alone if I can get their own personal snack to grow!

          • willowbatel said,

            April 22, 2010 at 2:24 am

            lol. Goofy critters. Hopefully the germinated seeds will be left alone. If they aren’t they might end up growing somewhere else in the yard. I can’t tell you how many peanuts I’ve dug up while planting. We hardly even have any squirrels. My neighbor’s dog killed the only squirrel I’d seen in weeks.

  5. April 26, 2010 at 12:11 pm

    […] of course, the daffodils which are now in full […]

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