For The Bench
191 Cultivars Listed
On any given day any daffodil bloom even the most prosaic, if perfect and poised enough, can take a ribbon at a Daffodil show. Here are some with proven track records, or those that show a perfection that makes them likely competitors. Husbandry, strategy and staging is up to you.
A recently introduced double that is most like a lotus blossom when it opens a mild- yellow with an alluring symmetry. As Ambon matures into clear white and yellow it gets wide and wild. You will easily be able to select a very stunning bloom. Best as a stem, in the landscape Ambon blooms a bit in the leaves. This Daffodil is named for a city in the Moluccas in Indonesia, once a Dutch colony.
We can remember clearly the first time we saw American Dream, its perfection and poise made us think “This is the zenith of the hybridizer’s oeuvre”. There are a handful of Yellow / Pink trumpets, most spend a brief season in the sunshine of the trade and then disappear just as quickly. Our envy for this flower may arise from a sentimental association with the name, or is it for the bloom ? More reverie engineering from the Grant-Havens stable.Extremely limited stock.
The daffodil diggers of North Holland consider themselves to be tough guys. It is never good to be “soft” and they will let you know it, early and often. But here is the softest colored pink cup ever, and where does it come from but straight out of tough guy land. I think my florist friends will swoon and soften for Beau Beauté. She is a bit like High Society that has completed a course in anger management. Really remarkable color. New introduction from Carlos van der Veek.
Burgerbrug is a town in north Holland that is a hotbed of daffodil culture. Burgerbrug translates loosely to “The Citizen’s Bridge”. Unless you go down to the actual bridge, which is a kind of floating, single-lane drawbridge contraption, then you are in the neighborhood of “Burgervlotbrug” - The Citizen’s Floating Bridge. Not for the faint of heart.
This is Carlo’s encomium to his hometown and I am genuinely stunned at its beauty, an overlapping perianth update to Queen of the North, or something along those lines. New Introduction in 2023. Good stock.
Bell Fly is a recent posthumous introduction from Walter Blom, and what a high-spirited cyclamineus it is. Dare we say that it is broader, longer and more zippy than daffodil Iwona that we love so much ? Not pink, but orange cupped. An early dwarf, vigorous. We are unable to determine the origin of the name. Limited stock.
This recent Mark Vandervliet double is not registered, and being a flower previously unseen I was perplexed by the size of the bulb, a really big bulb. The double flower is equally as big and supremely well organized and detailed. Like many sumo-sized doubles she blooms in the leaves a bit, so better for the vase and the bench than the border. I would like to have a platoon of Big Girls.
It’s hard to make a living selling Boslowick, he is so perfect, broad faced and calming that you only need to buy one bulb to make your day. Sold in twos, or please more ! A very well ordered and well behaved split cup, with a profound color. A good grower for us, a perfect thing like most things Ron Scamp. See also Jabberwocky. Limited availability.