“Reliable”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

One definition of reliable is dependable. When it comes to spring flowering bulbs, many of the most popular ones will not repeat bloom or do well here along the Gulf Coast which is why I love to look at the photos on the blogs that feature scores of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips, etc. Because we warm up so quickly or have a short cold period, these bulbs are not widely grown here since they do not reliably bloom every spring. With garden space at a premium, only those bulbs that can be depended on to produce are allowed to remain. There are a few narcissus that will succeed here, and one of those is Tete a tete, a small, extra-early blooming jonquil.

Today, the first ones opened, and already my garden is looking a great deal more cheerful.



Yes, these little jonquils are reliable. I have had them in my garden for at least fifteen years where they have multiplied well and bloomed every year. Looks like this will be a year to divide them and spread them around.

While the Tazetta narcissus bloomed in late December and early January, the coming of these small, reliable jonquils certainly makes it feel as if spring is really here.



  1. Patty said,

    February 23, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Can’t wait to see spring soon.

  2. Carol said,

    February 23, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Very cute. Can hardly wait for my daffodils to show buds.

  3. Janet said,

    February 23, 2011 at 8:53 pm

    I have seen some Daffodils popping open here in the last few days. What a sight to behold.

  4. debsgarden said,

    February 23, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    My daffodils are blooming, too! I always look forward to their cheerful faces. Tulips perish here in north central Alabama, but the daffodils have done well for me.

  5. February 24, 2011 at 2:31 am

    I too love these reliable Tete a tetes! How lovely you have them blooming now.

  6. skeeter said,

    February 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

    It feels as though Spring is going on in Georgia now too! A bit early but welcomed by me!

  7. donna said,

    February 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    Tete a tetes can be found in my garden, too. Not now, of course, but in a couple of months (okay, a few months). Luv them.


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