For the Rock Garden
60 Cultivars Listed
Smaller daffodils with beautiful blooms that benefit from being viewed close up. In the summer when they are dormant they also enjoy the drainage and warmth provided by the rockery, ceding their real estate to later blooming genera.
A new introduction, Arctic Bells is a bulbocodium from Walter Blom. It is classified as a Yellow-Yellow, but it is more of a white flower, in the way that White petticoat is white. We were surprised to see the seed parent is the perfect bloomer “Border Beauty”, picture attached. Who would think of that ?
Hands down our pick for a white miniature daffodil. Aviva from Leone Low, a charming small miniature with clear star perianth and trumpet Leone named this daffodil after the daughter of her maid of honor. Aviva is the Swahili word for life. ADS Miniature.
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.
Section:Pseudonarcissus N. hispanicus subsp. Bujei
Note : We have also seen this species identified under Section:Nevadensis
Qdaffs is dedicated to offer the lengthiest list of species narcissus to our horticulturally minded friends. We do expect that we will be accused of cultural appropriation by our fiercely partisan Spaniard friends. Oh well, valuable little buggers, but it’s not the Elgin marbles that we are slipping out of Iberia.
Where were you when you first saw Chipper? We were slack jawed in a greenhouse in North Holland when we were told “You can’t afford that”. Fast forward to today, and it turns out we can afford Chipper. A meteor shower of vertically pendant blooms with compound color leaving a trail of wavy and reflexed petals. One to start a collection with, one to end with. We hang out together a lot in the Spring.
A dwarf two-toned yellow tazetta-cyclamineus cross; that's how we arrive at division 12. Cornish Chuckles has been around the globe, always pleasantly scented, always three gently reflexed flowers per scape, sometime four. Larger and broader flowers than other division 12s.
Dainty Miss is a siren's song in the garden. An all-white jonquil she goes it alone, only one two-inch perfectly appointed, dainty-cupped flower per stem please. Wanting a chorus of Dainty Miss for your garden is only natural. Compelling. Benchable. Miss Dainty is an ADS Classic, Wister Award winner, a mid century spell of Grant Mitsch witchcraft.
Put on your dancing shoes for a recent and reliably pink colored split cup from Carlos van der Veek. Split cups tend to bloom early and hold well, take them for a spin in the vase. For all of his "Dance"named cultivars, I have never seen Carlos on the dance floor.
I wasn’t going to list Emcys until I realized that we didn’t list a decent white cyclamineus, aside from the fiercely independent Snipe. Surprised that I couldn’t find artwork of a garden planting of Emcys. From afar a stand of Cyclamineus draw you deep into garden. Emcys gazes across the garden rather than down.
Englander is a cyclamineus seedling that retains just a bit of wildness tempered with just a bit of sophistication. Sporting a real long schnoz and slim reflexed petals. An ADS miniature that is a long lived resident in the rockery. Good in the pot and