It seems like everyone is doing trivia these days. To celebrate the coming spring, I am trying my hand at writing some gardening trivia questions.
1. When admiring spring bulbs, a horticulturist exclaims “Look at that Narcissus,” what are they referring to?
A. A handsome Greek man that plays acoustic guitar
B. A tulip with an unreasonably high sense of importance
C. A daffodil
2. Why are daffodils planted in everyone’s yard?
A. Because they are the best
B. Deer don’t eat them
C. Rabbits don’t eat them
D. Because the daffodils were planted 10,000 years ago and just won’t die
E. Options B, C, D
3. Why are my daffodils not blooming?
A. They are tired of competing with the superior spring bulbs. Typical narcissus
B. They need to be divided
C. Someone cut their foliage too soon the last year and the plants couldn’t gain enough energy to produce blooms
D. Why is this all about daffodils? Are you trying to teach us something?
E. Options B, C
4. What’s wrong with daffodils?
A. All plant parts are poisonous, hence why nothing eats it
B. The sap will burn your eyes, so wash your hands after handling
C. Is this the last daffodil question?
D. Yes, I promise
E. Both A and B
5. What’s the best part about spring?
A. The daffodils
B. All the snakes wake up
D. Realizing that once again you ordered too many seeds and plants
E. All the above
6. What are the best snakes for your garden?
A. Gardener snakes
B. Garter snakes
C. Gardner snakes
D. Snake Plissken
E. Red-bellied snakes (loves to eat slugs and snails)
F. All snakes are great
7. Why are snakes more active in the spring?
A. Snakes are still working on their New Year’s resolutions early in the year
B. They are emerging from their hibernaculum, are hungry, and ready to mate
C. They want to know how your winter was and what you’re planting in the garden this year
D. If the rest of these are going to be snake questions, let’s go back to daffodils
8. What is my favorite early-spring yellow flowering plant?
B. You thought I liked daffodils?
OK, maybe my career path should steer clear of writing trivia questions. Hopefully, you enjoyed a little levity and learned a couple of things about daffodils and snakes. The answers to these questions plus pretty spring pictures can be found online at the Good Growing blog at go.illinois.edu/GoodGrowing.
By the way, another great snake for the garden is Dekay’s brown snake (Storeria dekayi). It preys upon small soft-bodied organisms like slugs and worms.