white daffodil with orange cup

Not Yellow: White Daffodils

My childhood image of daffodils was always of brilliant yellow flowers. There were borders of them growing along all the edges of my parents’ garden and a few miles away there were vast swathes of them growing alongside a river. Some had a bit of orange on the cup, but most were yellow.

I do have a number of yellow daffodils in my own garden. I especially like the tiny ones because their short stems make them less likely to get flattened if it’s windy. But now I have more white ones (some with an orange or pale yellow cup). The idea of having the white daffodils was to give a more sympathetic backdrop to the hellebores which are still in flower. (The yellow daffodils can look a rather harsh colour when growing alongside the pinks and creams of the hellebores.)

Unfortunately for my colour scheme, that didn’t really work – turns out I have a number of yellow daffodils growing close to the hellebores after all. The problem is that bulbs so often get accidentally dug up and then replanted in the wrong place. I’ll need to shift those yellow daffodils and be a bit more careful in future!

Meanwhile, if there’s time away from all the work needed in the garden, I must bring some of the daffodils indoors to photograph them. It has been too windy outside to photograph many of them there. Breezy days are all part of the joys of spring flower photography, hehe!

white daffodil

18 thoughts on “Not Yellow: White Daffodils

  1. I really love the last daffodil photo Ann.. it seems the perfect daffodil for Easter! If I do an Easter post, not sure if I will or not, would you mind if I use this image somewhere in the post?

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  2. Call me old fashioned (many do!) but I much prefer plain, bright yellow daffs. The polychrome varieties, and the washed-out white ones seem like mere fripperies. Maybe I should start a new national movement, the CRD (Campaign for Real Daffodils) πŸ™‚. But I do love the miniature yellows, so delicate. Hope you get some good studio photos to share with us.

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    1. I think it all depends where they’re growing and what other colours are around them. πŸ™‚ The yellow daffodils around my childhood home were a very welcome and cheerful sight in spring. Those along the river were a fabulous sight!

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  3. The dwarf ones are my favourites and Toto is a lovely white one! I seem to have planted tall yellow ones at some point (free bulbs with a bulb order one year) which pop up at random, but they don’t survive long. I planted several whites in a raised bed a couple of years ago and they look lovely when they flower – Pubelo, Thalia and Winston Churchill as well as Geranium which is like your first photo and bonus us some of these are highly fragrant.

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    1. I do like Toto and would be tempted to buy some if I see it. I have a few Thalia dotted around – they always make me think of doves about to take flight, hehe! And I think the top pic may well be of ‘Geranium’, certainly looks like it but I don’t think I have a note of the names of most of these bulbs now. (Must check…)

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  4. Personally, I much prefer the last photo: the white flower with the yellow center. The orange just seems a bit much — almost artificial. Of course, I don’t live around daffodils, so those may be much nicer in “real life.” I laughed in sympathy at your comment about wind. I spent most of today trying to photograph in 25-35 mph winds, with higher gusts. It got so bad that I was close to being blown off my feet. That’s when I gave it up for the day!

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    1. I know what you mean about some flowers seeming artificial. I find myself reacting to some that way and finding them hard to blend into more natural-looking areas of the garden. The flowers are dancing around in the wind today. I will eventually pick some to photograph but there aren’t a lot, so I tend to prefer to leave them in the garden. But nearly getting blown off your feet is pretty bloomin’ windy – could be painful!

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  5. I might not have remembered white daffodils without your post and photos, Ann, but I’m sure I have seen them. What you say about garden design and color pairing makes perfect sense, but I think white is less conspicuous, and maybe less memorable than that bright yellow in early spring. But I think the white blossoms you shared with us are lovely.

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    1. I think any colour can look good if it’s in the right surroundings – but lots of my plants aren’t, oops! I don’t suppose I’m the only gardener who ends up doing a bit of swapping around… πŸ™‚

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  6. Daffodils are my favourites without question. I don’t have any white ones though, I think I need to look for some. Do you think they would do well in shade which is where my hellebore lives?

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    1. They really do want some sun, Jill. A bit of shade for part of the day would be OK if they got sun for the rest of the time. If you have a sunny patch somewhere , they’d be better there. πŸ™‚

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  7. The closest we come to white daffodils is cream. Sadly, I’ve never photographed ours so guess I should make an effort this coming bloom season.
    I agree with Linda that the second with the more subtle and soft yellow center is my favorite as well.

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    1. I guess these are a creamy white – not a bright white – so may be similar to what you’ve come across. I really like the ‘Thalia’ daffodils that have a very elegant shape and are a soft white – but they won’t sit still at the moment, hehe!

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