Androcles pulled a thorn from the paw of a pursuing lion thus befriending him. Androcles the daffodil has calmed and tamed us also, we depend on it in large numbers for the vase and the border. Its broad, softly cream colored , and long lasting blooms project a quiet roar . Bred by the American Bill Pannill who created many perfect blooms, one at at time.
Just when I swore off of yellow orange cups along comes a colorful and deep cupped modern Jonquilla. Anfield is such a happy fellow I am committed to finding him good homes, perhaps adjacent to yours. Scented, two blooms to a scape, bulbs tend to make a plethora of scapes. From the likewise prolific Walter Blom. Ample stocks.
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 ?
Vivid two toned yellow offspring of Avalanche. You will need both hands and some toes to count the number of blooms on each scape. An ideal example of what makes Tazettas such great flowers in the garden and in the vase. Needs southern exposure and winter protection in Zone 6. A creation of the late Bill 'the Bulb Baron' Welch.
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.
We hesitate to deem Beautiful Dream as a good “filler” flower for the bouquet, although it succeeds any way you see fit to use it. Because of its gentle nature and its ability to elevate its neighbors, you may overlook its strength, frilly cup and lovely coloration. Like all things Grant Mitsch there is perfection here, but perfection does not exclude gentleness. Pollen and seed fertile. Granddaughter of China White. Don't be shy, we have a good stock of this daffodil.
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.
Frilled and smooth and white all over, Cantatrice was the standard bearer for white trumpets in the mid 20th Century. Famously good on the bench, in the border and in the pot. From Beersheba. ADS Historic.
Canyon Wren belongs to the inscrutable "miscellaneous category". Bright in color and spirit Canyon Wren is a tazetta x triandrus cross that could be mistaken for a jonquil. A Grant Mitsch Bird Series cultivar. Scented. Elegant. Show it with a name tag that says "I am not a miniature"
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 bright, contrasty and colorful jonquil, Chappie is a miniature a that is welcome in most any rock and closeup garden bed. The rounded light yellow perianth matures to near white, making her even more alluring. Late 20th century. Can work the bench.
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.
Commodore Perry is a showy and commanding pink cup from the armada of the late Dr. John R. Reed of Michigan. Even though the Commodore is an intermediate, his extra large caliber gun and broad sails will quickly scuttle the opposition. Said to be sun-pro
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.
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.
A work of sorcery that everyone wants when they see it. Edged in Gold is a very late, miniature jonquilla that brushes its golden color outside of the lines. Magic on the bench. Edged in Gold deserves to be in every rock garden. Fragrant. Up to six tiny flowers per scape. Bred by Steve Vinsky in Oregon.
Our flower growers collective tallied up the sales figures and white flowers were number one, followed closely by anything green. Emerald Green is a large cup, but just, with very broad white petals and a spot of deep emerald green in the eye. A vigorous grower for cut, bench or border. An extra plus ? It’s a Grant Mitsch variety, known for perfection and health. Volume discounts.