For the Rock Garden
58 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.
In an average lifespan, if you had a million kisses to either give or receive, that would be 34 a day, or about two every waking hour of every day, which would be a very pleasant experience. A Million Kisses daffodil is also a pleasant show of affection – bred in the English Channel islands it puckers up with very round and overlapping white segments with a flattened yellow and broad -orange-banded frilly cup. Freshly registered, AMK is a child of Jersey Lace.
April Tears is an Alec Gray cross of species N.jonquilla and N.triandrus. Seed parent to the terrific Tripartite. Similar to Hawera.
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 ?
N. assoanus subsp.assoanus var.assoanus. Native to Spain and southern France. A lovely grower, good for breeding.
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.
Here's a lively new bulbocodium introduction. Cup is lightly ribbed. She is not registered as such, but for the time being we are listing it as Ballroom Belle. It was acquired as Blom Hoop 2 - 146.
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.
A miniature trumpet with an exuberant form. Bird Music's cyclamineus lineage shows in the swellegant long cup. Jetfire is daddy. Early Blooming. Sings in the rockery.
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.
Plain yellow perfection in a species that is new to our list. Section Apodanthi. Floriferous with unblemished form. Throws many scapes and blooms with ease. At the top of the fertility scale.
A most demure all yellow bulbocodium from Mr. Blom, Capella is reserved in that most of the sexual parts are tucked neatly within the cup. Soft color, nowhere near brassy, chaste form. Scented and long lasting.
A very small, all golden yellow Bulbocodium from Walter Blom.
This bulbocodium has very long petals, soft color and a bit of the petunia shape in the cup that is sought after by breeders and benchers. Extended stamens and stigma. Not registered.
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 delicate flower, a cross of Limequilla and species triandrus. Pale relexef petals, rich pendant, and bulbous, cup. Petite.
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.
A slim and colorful jonquil, you can never be too slender or too pink. Fragrant, floriferous and vigorous.
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.
Perfectly hexagonal white and peach broad split cup will put a hex on your garden bed. Recent van der Veek introduction.
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.
Blom 111-16 Delicate Design
The jonquilla Desert Bells makes two or four tidy and flattened white flowers per scape. Cup mellows to a light lemon. A late blooming dwarf that is at ease in the rock garden, in the pot or on the bench. Show winner. By Grant Mitsch.
Elizabeth Ann is a feminine white and rose-pink cyclamineus daffodil from Brian Duncan. Betty will gently awaken up any cottage or close up garden situation. Try her in a pot of mixed with sky-blue muscari. Dwarf.
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