No sooner than March arrives, does daffodil fever kick in. Our curious patrons all want to know one very important thing.
“Are the daffodils blooming yet?”
Finally the wait is finally over! After what seems like the longest (and possibly coldest) winter in recent memory, Spring has finally arrived with the daffodil “super bloom” in tow.
You might be asking yourself, “why all this excitement over a flower?” The pictures speak for themselves.
The daffodil (also known as Narcissus or Lent Lilies) is a perennial plant synonymous with Spring. Daffodils need a cold frost for flower bud initiation, which explains why they were unaffected by our recent cold streak. Each bloom has a perianth (six outer petal-like pieces) that surrounds a central corona (the trumpet like thing at the center) and most reach to be 1 to 1½ feet tall.
According to the American Daffodil Society, there are between 40 and 200 different daffodil species, subspecies or varieties of species and over 32,000 registered cultivars (named hybrids) divided among 13 divisions of the official classification system.
Just how many daffodils reside at Ironstone Vineyards? We went straight to the source for answers.
If there is one person that knows daffodils, it’s Ironstone Vineyards Master Gardner, Larry Ringland. For over 30 years, Ringland has maintained the 11.5 acres we call home. Today, Ringland and his staff of 12 work 365 days a year to keep our grounds meticulously maintained.
Q & A with Master Gardner, Larry Ringland
How many daffodil plants do you estimate are on the property?
300,000 (yes, you read that correctly). Ironstone Vineyards has planted over 68 tons, and there are roughly 16,500 bulbs per ton.
How many types of daffodils we have on property?
We have 98 different colors and kinds of daffodils.
What gardening tips do you have for successfully growing daffodils?
They need to be underground twice as high as the bulb, well-drained soil, and luck from nature. (Laughs)
For those curious about daffodils (or just looking for Mother Nature’s best Instagram backdrop), our grounds are open daily from 11am – 5pm. Of course, if you happen to get that Instagram perfect picture, be sure to tag us at @ironstonevineyards.