Nothing is lovelier than a carpet of daffodils in spring, but deciding which variety to choose can be a tricky business. After all, there are so many daffodils with different names, and all of them are beautiful! Let’s discover whether Mini Daffodil ‘Tete a Tete’ is what you’re looking for.
Head to head with an aptly named cultivar
Literally translated, ‘Tete a Tete’ means ‘head to head’, but this French expression really means ‘an intimate conversation’, and the nodding heads of a group of these daffodils certainly seem to be telling each other stories and sharing secrets.
What makes ‘Tete a Tete’ different to other daffodils?
A cultivar only earns it name when it is distinctively different from other plants that share its species. You can see that this one has golden-yellow flowers that would delight the poet Wordsworth with:
“A host of golden daffodils… Fluttering and dancing in the breeze”
But then, there are other golden yellow cultivars too. The flowers last well in the vase, but so do those of other daffodils. So how did this variety earn its distinctive name?
Early blooms and more
‘Tete a Tete’ is not only an early daffodil, it’s a very early bloomer, and will be among the first blooms to brighten up your spring. Have you ever felt that you simply can’t wait for spring? This daffodil shares your sentiments, and will burst into flower as soon as it possibly can.
It’s also a dwarf variety, not in terms of flower size, but certainly in terms of stem length. Blooming at 6 – 8” tall, makes it as easy to create an attractive display in pots or window boxes as it is in your garden beds or rockery. This makes ‘Tete a Tete’ a favorite with pot plant growers, whether they are hobbyists or professionals.
Last but not least, this is one of the bulb varieties that naturalize easily. Pop them in the ground to grow and flower, and leave them in place when they go dormant. They’ll pop up again next fall, multiplying themselves happily as the years go by.
Tete a Tete uses in a nutshell
- Brighten up beds and borders
- Create a spring show in pots and window boxes
- Add zing to your rockery Create a stunning mass planting
- Get color into your garden early in the spring
- Combine it with later blooming varieties for extended color
- Perfect for posies and flower arrangements
What else do you need to know?
Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ is one of the best-selling daffodil varieties in the world today. It may not be a very new variety, but it is certainly one of the best. Easy to grow and very rewarding, you will enjoy the blooms from year to year as long as you provide them with well-drained soil.
Hot tip: Daffodils like to turn their faces to the sun, so make sure that any shade is behind them so that you can get the full effect of their cheerful flowers.