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I've had anemic daffodils for the last few years! I've wondered, "What is wrong with them? Why can't they be brighter and showier?" But I'm not a gardener.
A few days ago, two bright yellow daffodils bloomed. But the rain beat one of them down and she was lying prone with her face almost dragging on the driveway. Each time I drove by I would think, "I should bring some scissors and cut that daffodil." That way I could enjoy her before she becomes muddied by the spring rains. But the next time I would drive out of the lane, I'd look and realize that I still hadn't rescued that brilliant yellow orb of sunshine. Shame on me for not being a gardener.
So this morning with more tasks on my brain than I can usually handle, I remembered my yellow daffodil that needed rescuing. I tucked some scissors into my lunch bag. I put a slim vase with water into the pocket of the passenger door. I stopped long enough to snip the stem and slide it into the vase. And when I arrived at Jack's house, I told him Grandma had a surprise for him. He wasn't impressed, but his mom was! And I've been enjoying it all day (and taking pictures of it in different spots). Even though I'm not a gardener!
While working on this post I googled, "Do daffodils lose their color over time?" And here's the answer: "Some bulbous plants, such as daffodil and gladiolus, tend to fade with age. This is one reason why gardeners will dig up old bulbs and replace them with new ones." Hmmm, maybe I'll figure out when I'm supposed to dig them up (thank goodness for google search) and plant some new bulbs in the fall. Even though I'm not a gardener, maybe I inherited a gene or two from my gardening dad that has lain dormant for lo, these many years.
Read more at Gardening Know How: Causes Of Faded Flower Color: How To Fix Color Fading In Flowers https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/environmental/fixing-color-faded-flowers.htm