The early-flowering Jonquil will brighten every garden.
The Menagerie’s first jonquil apppeared the day after winter solstice as confirmation longer days were on their way. Often confused with daffodils, which have one flower per stem, jonquils have several and quite an overpowering perfume. Both belong to the genus ‘Narcissus’ and despite their happy-go-lucky appearance, produce a toxic sap that can kill other flowers, such as roses, carnations, freesias and tulips.
So, try not to combine them with other flowers straight after you’ve cut the stems. Their sap can also cause allergic reactions, so wear gloves just in case. Life’s not a bed of roses with the Narcissus.