What is the Difference Between A Daffodil and A Jonquil?
There is not much difference in a daffodil and a Jonquil except for subtle variances in shape,size and texture. Members of a huge family called Narcissus, there are literally hundreds and thousands of family members. They got their name from the Greek God of vanity because they appear to have their heads down, admiring their own reflection in the pond.
These lovely golden flowers are very hardy and are one of the first signs of spring in most places. In fact, in more temperate climates, Narcissus has been known to pop up in January and can often be seen peeping over the snow.Sometimes called March Flowers, these hardy bulb plants produce golden heads and green stems that are always a welcome relief from winter.
These perennials are so hardy they will grow with years of neglect, and can often be found growing on long-abandoned lots, albeit a little scrawny. Fertilized and cared for, Narcissus can grow big blooms on long, healthy stems. They are long-lasting as cut flowers, making them great for both outdoor and indoor beauty.
Using Daffodils and Jonquils in Cut Flower Arranging
Daffodils and jonquils can be used creatively in little or no-cost cut flower arrangements. It just takes a little planning and thinking outside the box to come up with ways to show off these classic flowers. Check what you have on hand to work with. What containers do you have to show them off? What other blooming plants are blooming this time of year to pair them with?
Eight Ways to Show Off Daffodils and Jonquils
# 1. Mixed Daffodils and Jonquils in a Mason Jar
Achieve a lovely country look with just an empty Mason jar and a red-checkered table cloth. This is good for an outdoor event. Make several for long tables. It’s the perfect arrangement for that first warm spring day’s picnic. It would work indoors as well if the weather is still too chilly for outdoor or patio dining.
There is a mixture here of smaller jonquils, daffodils with lighter colored petals and ruffled daffodils.
#2. Long-stemmed Daffodils With Spring Buds
A tall glass vase is perfect for pairing a few long-stemmed larger daffodils with some green buds that are opening up on a branch. This arrangement tells the story that the daffodil helps to usher in the beginning of spring.
Place decorative pebbles in the bottom of the vase. And just enough water for the daffodils to drink without going thirsty.
# 3. Tie-dyed Jonquils in a Whimsical Arrangement
Remember when your fourth grade science teacher put celery stalks in food dye? It was to show how the main function of the plant’s stem is to transport water. I tried it with daffodils and jonquils and got a lovely tie-died effect.
Tint jonquils one color (I used green) and daffodils the other color. Thinking of blue? Don’t bother. It turns out green.
#4. Daffodils With Flowering Shrubs
There are a few flowering shrubs and trees that bloom around the same time as the Narcissus. Bradford pears have lovely white blooms and Forsythia, probably the first shrub bloomer is covered with yellow trumpet-shaped blooms. But for more drama, I like using flowering quince. The red blooms appear on the thorny stems before any green color.
The thorny deep red blooms contrast with the dainty daffodils. This is a more formal arrangement so I used a lead Crystal flute-shaped vase.
#5. Structured Jonquil Arrangement in Tea Pitcher
A tea pitcher can make a great vase. Here I used a cheerful striped one for my long-stemmed jonquils. This is more structured than the whimsical one. The stems are cut all one length. Fit them to your container and then cut the stems the same length. They may need to be tied together with floral wire or string to display better.
Again, see what containers you have on hand that would go well with these “tie-dyed” jonquils. You can create lovely spring floral arrangements at little or no cost.
#6. Clear Tea Pitcher
A clear vase or perhaps a glass tea pitcher shows off the Narcissus’ pretty green stems as well as the showy yellow blossoms. Note the double-headed ones in this arrangement.
#7 A Bowl of March Flowers
For a bowl arrangement, cut the stems short and all the same length. I used smooth, round pebbles in the bowl to stick the stems in. Narcissus stems are not strong enough to stick in floral foam.
#8. Small Arrangements in Pretty Mugs
Pretty coffee mugs can make good containers for tiny arrangements. Place one on each table at banquets and dinner parties.