Yellow Fever in Gloucester VA

We might have Yellow Fever in Gloucester at this time of year but daffodils certainly aren’t just yellow anymore. Fields of daffodils in shades of yellow, orange, red, white and pink have bloomed all across Gloucester County in preparation for the annual Daffodil Festival and the Garden Club of Gloucester’s Daffodil Show that was held last weekend. This was the Garden Club of Gloucester’s 61st Annual Daffodil Show, an American Daffodil Society accredited and judged show.

The show was a great opportunity to explore the many varieties of daffodils. If folks wanted to see antique daffodils as well as the newest varieties in all types of colors, shapes and sizes, last weekend was the perfect opportunity. Members of the club and Brent Heath of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs were on hand to assist novice exhibitors and answer questions about the 13 divisions of daffodils and share much enthusiasm about the show. Click the flowers for a closer view:

Daffodils will thrive just about anywhere in the garden except in deep shade. They do best with 6 – 8 hours of sunlight but can do well in light shade. They are practically maintenance free but appreciate a bit of compost when planted. A rule of thumb is to plant the bulbs three times as deep as the bulb is tall and add a little slow release fertilizer each fall after the first year’s bloom. After that, just sit back and enjoy.

At our daffodil show, not only horticulture is on display. There is an artistic flower arranging section that interprets a theme. This year, the theme revolved around colors of the rainbow with several styles of arranging from miniatures not over 5″, to Tussie-Mussies, to large Dutch-Flemish arrangements, and Landscape floral designs. There was a children’s arranging section, a photography contest, and a tabletop competition.

At the conclusion of the judging, it is exciting when the doors open and the crowds surge forward in anticipation of seeing the blue ribbon in each class as well as the best standard daffodil in the show and the best artistic arrangement in the show.

Winner of the American Daffodil Society Rose Ribbon for the best standard seedling in the show are Clay and Fran Higgins.

Winner of the Best Arrangement in the show, the Most Creative award, and the recipient of the People’s Choice Award is Cam Williams for her tabletop interpretation of ‘Whirlwind of Color’ with the table set for an intimate yet colorful dinner for Lady and the Tramp.

If you missed our Daffodil Show in Gloucester, it’s not too late to experience another in Virginia. On Wednesday April 6, 2011, 2:00 – 8 p.m. and Thursday April 7, 2011 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., visitors will be invited to be our guests at the 77th Annual Garden Club of Virginia’s Daffodil Show, sanctioned by the American Daffodil Society and located at the Holiday Inn, 601 Main Street, Lynchburg, VA.  Again, over a thousand blooms will be on display…. different varieties from those seen at our Gloucester show as there will be varieties that have not yet bloomed. The theme for the artistic flower arranging is ‘Everything Old is New Again.’ taken from the Broadway show All That Jazz. The title reflects the revitalization of old and notable properties in Lynchburg. Some of the most talented and creative members from forty-seven Garden Club of Virginia clubs will compete in an inter-club flower arranging challenge. It’s a visual experience not to miss.  Click HERE for more information.

Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester