The Iron Ladies and Marathon Men Daffodil Club
18 Cultivars Listed
A subjective grouping of 19th century English bred, star-shaped, and small-cupped daffodils that we find so attractive and perennial in the vista drift planting. Some outliers are included: large cups, doubles and early 20th century cultivars. This is a sentimental subset of the Historic group.
Here is one of the founding members of the Iron Ladies and Marathon Men Daffodil Club. A very old Backhouse seedling, Conspicuous , aka Barri Conspicuus, has broad petals for an antique, a long 90 degree neck, and a yellow petal color that transmogrifies to creamy white. The cup is a pleasing yet intense yellow orange with just the right amount of Victorian frilly bling. A truly great landscape flower that has been dug and replanted for 150 years, and with good reason. ADS Historic.
An Englehardt cultivar, similar to Conspicuus , but Brilliancy keeps his yellow perianth color, loud cup, and is really tall. Another old timer that brings real, perennial, spring glory to the bed and landscape. Unlike us, the petals get slender and slim with age. Small availability,
This long celebrated double is new to our list. She is a magnificent creature and as old as the hills, as fresh as the dawn. Good for all uses and certainly as a conversation piece. I seldom see Butter and Eggs on the bench, but in a historical group certainly one to have. Fabulous and luxurious North, South, East, and West.
Anyone referring to a flower named 'Buttercup' elicits all kinds of confusion. Are they referencing a Ranunculus, using a generic term for jonquils that bloom freely in the South, increasingly as an alias for Tête-à-Tête? One of the several daffodils registered under that name? We offer the historic Rev. Engleheart jonquilla 'Buttercup', a strong grower with large flowers more reminiscent of a historic small cup. Rare. Brings intense happiness to the gardener. Smells good.
A very old white on white large cup, the Duchess of Westminster is a bit of a plain Jane by modern standards, but retains all of her 19th century to-the-manor-born-country-girl charm. The old gal opens white yellow but matures to swan white. A rare Billy Backhouse cultivar.
An antique all over mellow yellow small cup from the Rev Engleheart. This is a rare daffodil, so rare that it is rumored not to exist. But here we are one hundred years on with no end in sight. Petals get slim, acute, and shouldered with age. Swellegant ( thanks Cole Porter).
Do you have a desert island daffodil ? (dit vertaalt zich niet in het Nederlands). Feu de Joie is ours, we would happily be banished to a desert island or even asteroid B-612 for that matter if we could take only this flower. We are swooning and proud that this flower finally made our list. Returns and rewards annually in the garden. Every bloom better than the next. Antique white / orange double. ADS Historic. Very limited stock.
Le feu de joie, c'est un beau coup de fusil.
Watching a planting of Firebrand in bloom blow in the breeze on a sunny spring day is an encounter that will never let slip from memory. A poster child for the greatness of historic, small-cupped daffodils – mostly bred by tweed wearing clerics and the landed gentry. A handsome devil, much like Lucifer . Increases with a little care.
Frank Miles has been bringing his sunny disposition to the landscape for 150 years. A two-toned gold on gold large cup that is stunning in the border. If you can have only one antique in your garden, Frank will be a long lasting and loyal friend. Frank was a friend of Oscar Wilde and not homely at all. Historic. Rare.
Many of the historic old blooms that we love are star-flowered small cups. But watch out, the free formed, star shaped, old doubles will steal your heart. Insulinde is ivory and tangerine and libertine all over. Hard to to pick a favorite from others in this style : Argent, Feu de Joie. Long lived, long lasting, held aloft on robust scapes. A Backhouse cultivar.
Another charter member of the Iron Ladies and Marathon Men Daffodil Club, Lucifer waves and winks and beckons in the landscape. Star shaped with a rich colored cup that is variable with age. Angelic and demonic, a great landscape daffodil. There are two Lucifers registered, we think ours is the Irish one. ADS Historic. Limited.
A historic yellow on yellow small cup, never brassy, that gets a bit platinum blonde in the sun. Widely distributed across the eastern US, north and south. Sir Watkin is a very common daffodil, planted since the 1890’s, although he went out of fashion in the 1950s as flashier cultivars were introduced. I have heard that Sir Watkins can be prone to rot in the south, yet he persists. Parent to n.Fortune. Tall, long lived and increases freely.