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N. jonquilla ‘Flore Pleno’, QUEEN ANNE’S DOUBLE JONQUIL, 1611
Looking like prom dresses for honeybees, these tiny, exquisite double jonquils are fluffy with extra petals and swooningly fragrant. Don’t be fooled by sources that sell the much larger, much cheaper ‘Double Campernelle
’ as ‘Queen Anne’s’. Although that’s a fine flower, the true ‘Queen’ is absolutely heart-stopping. 4Y-Y
, 8-10”, zones 6b-8bS/10WC, from Holland’s greatest daffodil collector. Chart
to compare. Last offered web-only in 2012. We offer it again as soon as bulbs are available. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
RUSTOM PASHA, 1930
First time ever!
Named for a prize-winning “red” stallion raced back then by the Aga Khan, this bright, cheerful flower was one of the first with a truly orange, sun-proof cup. We imported a few bulbs from Australia way back in the 1990s, and now we finally have 100 bulbs we can share with you. It may be years before we can offer it again, so — go for it! 2 Y-O
, zones 5-7bS/8WC, early-mid season, 18-20” from Pennsylvania. We hope to offer this treasure again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
Prettier than any gull we’ve ever seen, this free-flowering Victorian classic has pristine white petals that recall wings, sails, or the sweeping arms of a windmill. Its short canary cup is fleetingly edged with apricot. For best color, protect from full sun. 3 W-Y
, 14-18”, zones 5-7S/9WC, from Holland. Chart
to compare. Last offered in 2010. We may offer it again periodically.
SHIRLEY TEMPLE, 1937
Named for the curly-haired moppet who brightened spirits during the Great Depression, this award-winning double is more commonly known as ‘Snowball’ today. With an ivory ruff of outer petals and a center rosette touched by sunshine, it’s informal, refreshing, and lightly scented. 4 W-W
, 18-20” late-middle blooming, zones 4-7bS/9WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2009. We hope to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
SHOT SILK, 1931
An improved ‘Thalia’ (is that possible?), this rare, silky-smooth beauty has a creamy white cup and starry petals that arch back like ballet dancers. “Most graceful,” wrote McFarland in his 1938 best-seller Garden Bulbs in Color
, and “just about perfection.” We think you’ll agree. 5 W-W
, 14-16”, zones 5-8aS/10WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2005. Though it’s always in short supply, we hope to offer it again periodically.
SOUTHERN QUEEN, 1927
Don’t be confused! This rare beauty is NOT just for the South. Its name refers to the Southern Hemisphere – New Zealand to be exact – where it was bred by the esteemed Sir Algernon P.W. Thomas. With a frilled trumpet of an unusual, soft, “buff yellow” set against ivory white petals, it’s subtle but a favorite of ours – and we hope you’ll give it a try. 2W-Y, 16-18”, zones 5-8aS/10WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2009. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
As lovely as its name, this rare, creamy white double has a distinctive shape. Six single outer petals frame a short central rosette all ruffled and frilled like a tiny carnation. It was bred by one of the 20th-century’s greatest daffodil connoisseurs at Scotland’s romantic Brodie Castle, where you can still see it growing today. 4 W-W
, 16-18”, zones 5-7S/9WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2005. We may offer it again periodically.
N. x intermedius, TEXAS STAR, 1816
An enduring, cottage-garden classic in the South, this tough little wildflower was once painted by Redouté for Napoleon’s garden-loving Empress Josephine. It’s a wild cross of N. jonquilla
and N. tazetta
– so of course it’s fragrant – and through the years its many names have included ‘Etoile d’Or’ and “the Cowslip Cupped.” 13 Y-Y
, 16-18”, zones 6b-8bS/10WC, from Texas. Chart
to compare. Last offered in 2010. Widely available elsewhere.
Named for the Queen and “especially noted for its vanilla-like perfume,” this cream and gold Victorian trumpet was a favorite for decades in the flower markets of London (Kirby, 1909). Its petals are gracefully waved and its bright trumpet is richly frilled. In the 1920s, one bulb of ‘Victoria’ which bloomed with its trumpet split into strips became the beginning of modern split-corona daffodils. 1 W-Y
, 18-20” early blooming, zones 5-7 from Holland. Last offered web-only in 2005. We hope to offer it again soon. For an alert, sign up for our email newsletter.
“Nature’s first green is gold,” Robert Frost wrote, and it’s the vivid green deep in the cup of this great little jonquil that sets it apart, giving its lemony flowers a distinct, fresh, spring-time feeling. Named for a small, olive-green songbird, it was bred by America’s greatest daffodil breeder, Grant Mitsch, who was also an avid birder.7Y-GYY
, 9-12” very late blooming, zones 6-8S/10WC, from Holland. Last offered in 2009. We may offer it again periodically, or we could special order it for you.
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