The joy of daffodils

Historics

Our nursery has many daffodils that have been continually dug and replanted since the 19th century. These older cultivars show a hybridiser's hand that is straightforward, friendly and elegant in style. We try to offer at least 50% historics.

Many of the old boys are identifiable by their “star shaped” flowers and smaller cups. Once you have some you will be looking out of the corner of your eye for that sharp shape in every roadside ditch and open field you pass in the spring.


April Tears

April Tears   

5 Y-Y pre-1939
In Stock

$1.00 each   (5 minimum )

April Tears is an Alec Gray cross of species N.jonquilla and N.triandrus. Seed parent to the terrifi..

Argent

Argent   

4 W-Y pre-1902
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

An antique double. A truly joyous bloomer that deserves a place in any border or cottage garden..

Belisana

Belisana   

2 W-YYO pre-1946
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Belisana flies an intense orange frilly-crenulated cup over detailed petals maturing creamy white. L..

Bernardino

Bernardino   

2 W-YYO pre-1907
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Bernardino is a white and orange-apricot large cup dating to the beginning of the 20th century. Poll..

Beryl

Beryl   

6 W-YYO Before 1907
In Stock

$2.00 each   (3 minimum )

Beryl is the oldest cyclamineus cultivar we can think of. A spirited and free centenarian, she is a ..

Binkie

Binkie   

2 Y-W pre-1938
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Binkie is an antique reverse bicolor with an alluring green glow all around. Cup matures to white. S..

Bobbysoxer

Bobbysoxer   

7 Y-YYO Pre-1949
In Stock

$1.00 each   (5 minimum )

Bobbysoxer -- such a funny orange face on this Alec Gray jonquilla. Floriferous, friendly, fun. Dimi..

Bodilly

Bodilly   

2 W-Y pre-1925
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Bodilly is pollen and seed fertile and has been around so long that he has great-grandchildren. A di..

British Charm

British Charm   

2 Y-O pre-1938
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Older Irish variety. Makes a large bulb...

Buttercup

Buttercup   

7 Y-Y pre-1890
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Anyone referring to a flower named 'Buttercup' elicits all kinds of confusion. Are they referencing ..

Carbineer

Carbineer   

2 Y-O pre-1927
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Tall and bright Carbineer is a beacon and a monument in the spring garden. A historic and strong ye..

Cora Ann

Cora Ann   

7 W-Y pre-1939
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Cora Ann (Pre-1939)..

Corofin

Corofin   

3 W-YYR pre-1943
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Corofin is a mesmerizing older small cup with a broad pure white perianth encircling a swirling yel..

Crenver

Crenver   

3 W-GYR pre-1927
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

A centenarian, small cupped Crenver has shovel-shaped white petals and a green-yellow-red cup that s..

Croesus

Croesus   

2 Y-YYO pre-1912
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

A truly beautiful flower with an iron constitution, Croesus is an old variety that naturalizes freel..

Cyclataz

Cyclataz   

12 Y-O pre-1922
In Stock

$1.50 each   (3 minimum )

Cyclataz is the lovechild of a species CYCLAmineus and the TAZetta "Grande Soleil d'Or". Vigorous, f..

Damson

Damson   

2 WWY-R pre-1925
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

There are so many large and bright large cups from the early 20th century (pre-quarantine days) that..

Dick Wellband

Dick Wellband   

2 W-O pre-1921
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Dick is a tall and attractive historic old boy who gives a gawky first impression. Dick Wellband att..

Double Sir Watkin

Double Sir Watkin   

4 Y-O pre-1916
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

We are quiet pleased to be able to offer Double Sir Watkin, a sport of Sir Watkin. A great perennial..

Duchess Of Westminster

Duchess Of Westminster   

2 W-W pre-1869
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

A very old white on white large cup, the Duchess of Westminster is a bit of a plain Jane by modern s..

Dulcimer

Dulcimer   

9 W-GYO pre-1913
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Joni Mitchell has always been our favorite dulcimer player for reasons not limited to musicianship. ..

Dunkeld

Dunkeld   

2 Y-O 1934
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Dunkeld is a very old daffodil variety that is strong and solid in the border and in the landscape p..

Edward Buxton

Edward Buxton   

3 Y-YYO pre-1932
In Stock

$4.00 each   (1 minimum )

Edward Buxton is an old bachelor with a very interesting yellow-yellow-orange small cup. Tall and st..

Erlicheer

Erlicheer   

4 W-Y pre-1934
In Stock

$1.50 each   (3 minimum )

Erlicheer is an older tazetta sport with bodacious double, strongly scented blooms. Excellent for ..

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