Heaven on Earth: Meet Narcissus ‘Abba’, Spicy Sweet Fragrance of Springtime

May 2nd, 2018 § 2 comments § permalink

Hello, My Sweet. Narcissus ‘Abba’

It’s May again, and this year, her perfume is sweeter than ever. Springtime. Oh, she really made us wait. Somehow though, the yearning just makes everything seem richer. This morning, I flung open the studio doors and for the first time this year, I brought my coffee pot outside on the terrace. Immediately, a warm breeze caught my hair, and filled my nose with a most-beloved, familiar scent. Abba. Abba, oh!

Narcissus ‘Abba’ —double-flowered, division 4 daffodil with 3-5 florets per 13″-18″ stem— is one of my favorite, cut-flowers for springtime. Some years, Abba blooms early here in Vermont. If I am lucky, she arrives with the song of our Hermit Thrush, in the first weeks of April. This year, her creamy, golden-orange-flecked blossoms happen to be opening in May. I’ll take it. Hardy in zones 5-9, Abba, like most daffodils, prefers full sun and good drainage. The scent is quite heavenly; sweet, with a hint of spice. Be sure to plant these in early autumn if you live up North. They take some time to settle in. Once they do, you’ll be rewarded again and again. Deer and rodents will snub her, but I can’t get enough of my dear Abba.

Deliciously Sweet with a Hint of Spice. Perfect for Beside the Bed

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Welcome Sweet Month of May …

May 2nd, 2011 § 3 comments § permalink

Viburnum bodnantense ‘Dawn’ at the Secret Garden Door. Read more about this fragrant beauty (click here)

It’s May again, and the garden springs to life —filled with fragrance and color— greeting warm sunny days and soft, gentle rains with all the beauty in the world.

Welcome sweet, sweet May…

Blossoms Ripple in the Reflecting Bowl

And Sweet Fragrance of Fothergilla ‘Mt. Airy’ Fills the Gentle Morning Air. To learn more about Fothergilla (click here) and also (click here)

Viola labradorica. Read more about the Labrador Violet (click here)

Erythronium tuolumnense – Read more about the beautiful trout lily (click here)

Narcissus ‘Abba’ (Division 4 – A gorgeous, double Narcissus with glorious fragrance)

Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’. Read more about the Lovely Lenten Rose (click here)

Secret Garden in May (Erythronium tuolumnense, Narcissus ‘Sterling’, Helleborus x hybridus ‘Royal Heritage Strain’ with other emerging perennials)

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