Daffodil Blindness: Nipping it in the Bud

 

[You have become weak]


One spring day as I walked around the yard with my mother-in-law, listening to her talk about her flowers, she pointed out that her daffodils were no longer blooming. When she’d mentioned this to someone, she was told that daffodils stop blooming. This person’s remedy was simple: pull them up and plant new bulbs.

Later, as I pondered this it started to bother me. Why would daffodils stop blooming?  

When a daffodil comes up with leaves but no flowers, this condition is referred to as daffodil blindness.  This may occur due to the growing conditions, pests, or disease, and can be remedied in several ways depending on the cause.

Fortunately, when we stop blooming, God doesn’t just pull us up and replant new bulbs.  Instead He beckons us to come to Him—to rise and be healed (Luke 17:19).  Jesus healed those who needed both physical and spiritual healing, and He still heals today.  His sacrificial death was enough proof that He was willing, and His resurrection proved to us that our God is able to do immeasurably more than we can imagine. (Ephesians 3:20)

Nip It In The Bud!

While it may be easiest to replace our daffodil bulbs when they stop blooming, in our own lives it doesn’t work this simply.  When something is detrimental to our spiritual health we have to get to the root of the problem and nip it in the bud (so to speak.)

“You have become weak.  So make yourselves strong again–Hebrews 12:12

Problems and Prevention

Below are the many ways in which daffodils can become blind, and how we can prevent the same from occurring in our own walk with God.


1. Dry Conditions: (In dry conditions daffodils may stop blooming prematurely.)

Remedy: Come to the Well that is Jesus and you shall never be parched again.

“He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” –John 7:38 (See also: John 4:14)



2. Defoliation: (When leaves are removed soon after flowering it prevents the bulb from building up food reserves for the future.)

When we don’t stay close to Jesus we’re cutting ourselves off from the branch. In doing so we also cut off our spiritual food supply. Any vine or tree that doesn’t bloom, also doesn’t produce fruit.

Remedy: Remain in Jesus who is referred to as both the vine and the branch.

“I am the true vine; my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch of mine that does not produce fruit. And he trims and cleans every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce even more fruit. You are already clean because of the words I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. A branch cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in the vine. In the same way, you cannot produce fruit alone but must remain in me. –John 15:1-4 (See also: Jeremiah 23:5)



3. Knotting:  (Gardner’s sometimes tidy up clumps of daffodils by drawing the leaves together into a knot. This isn’t recommended; it reduces the daffodils ability to thrive and may cause or increase the risk of blindness.)

The worries of this world can tie us in knots.  Worry steals joy, increasing the chance of blindness.

Remedy: Take your burdens to Jesus in prayer.

“But the worries of this life, the deceitful desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful.”  –Mark 4:19 (See also: Matthew 11:28 and Philippians 4:6)



4. Seeding: (Allowing seed capsules to form after flowering means that energy is diverted from bulb rebuilding.)

Letting worldly seed form in our minds can take hold in our hearts. This can impede our growth, and sap our strength.

Remedy: Know and understand what Jesus desires of us. Pray for discernment.

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces of this world rather than on Christ.”  –Colossians 2:8 (See also: Romans 12:2)



5. Nutrition:  (Bulbs will normally flower well in their first year on any kind of soil, but may rapidly decline without additional nutrition.)

The Israelites were said to be destroyed for lack of knowledge. (Hosea 4:6)  

Remedy: Continue to study Scripture.

“An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.”   –Proverbs 18:15 (See also the entire Bible).



6. Planting Time:  (Bud performance can rapidly decline if bulbs are planted later than mid-September.)

Not trusting in God’s timing can affect our performance. Sometimes the wait can be long, however, rest assured that He isn’t off schedule.  

Remedy: Don’t fret. Be patient and trust God.

“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret–it leads only to evil.”  –Psalm 37:7-8 (See also: Ecclesiastes 3:1 and Genesis 18:14)



7. Pests:  (Narcissus bulb fly and narcissus eelworm may damage bulbs.)

Temptations and evil deeds come to all of us.

Remedy: Have nothing to do with evil.  Overcome evil with good. (Romans 12:22)

“Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but instead expose them.  For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret.  –Ephesians 5:11 – 12


8. Overcrowding:  (Over time clumps of daffodils may cause overcrowding leading to poor flowering.)

Too many friends will ruin you.  The verse below may be suggestive of a situation in which a person has a rather large following.  In this case “friends” may not be the sort of people who are genuine, and not the sort of crowd that will be good for our growth.  

Too many friends can also ruin us in the sense that misery loves company.  Sometimes like minded people, who aren’t so straight in their paths, can glom together.  There is strength in numbers but only if we’re jammed in with the right crowd.  Who do you spend your time with? Who do you lean on, and who keeps you accountable?

Remedy: reliable community and a close relationship with Jesus.

“A man of too many friends comes to ruin, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” –Proverbs 18:24

“Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” –1 Corinthians 15:33



9. Disease:  (Narcissus basal rot or daffodil virus may cause bulbs to die or lose their vigor.)

Sin saps our strength.  

Remedy: Confession and repentance (turning away from sin.)

“No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.” –1 John 3:9


Our Bug Spray:  Store up God’s word in our hearts. ❤

“I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”  — Psalm 119:11





Daffodil Blindness information sourced from: https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=658

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