April 2013

So far, April at the Kauffman Memorial Garden has been glorious. The spring annual flowers and bulbs are enjoying the cool temperatures and occasional rain showers here  in Kansas City.

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A popular question in the garden this spring is, “What is the difference between a Jonquil and a Daffodil?” The answer is one that I have looked up and forgotten at least twice before. This year I am looking it up again and posting pictures.

There is not much of a difference between a Jonquil and a daffodil as a Jonquil (Narcissus jonquilla) is one of the different types of daffodils (genus Narcissus).

One characteristic of Jonquils are their long, dark green, tube-shaped leaves.

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Most of the other species of daffodils have long flat leaves which can often have a blueish hue.

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Jonquils are also known to have a cluster of smaller flowers on a single stem.

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Classic daffodils will only have one beautiful bloom per stem.

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All differences aside, let’s enjoy the daffodils and other spring flowers in the garden.

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