4/6/09 Question of the Week (with pics)

Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)April 8, 2009

whew...this is 2 days late as I pondered what to ask. With the daffodil season in full swing here, I have daffodil questions for you.

SO...do you grow daffodils

Do you collect daffodils?

How big is your collection?

Do you exhibit at shows (competitions)?

Have you ever just attended a daff show that was open to the public?

2009 Daffodil Events & Show Calendar There are shows from the earliest of March 6 until May 3rd in various parts of the country, CA, TX, MN included. Is there one near you?

Do you belong to a local Daffodil Society? If you love daffs like I do, I encourage you to try and find one that is hopefully local for you. There you will meet others that share their love of this beautiful flower. It is a great way to learn how to grow, show, acquire more varieties, along with fun volunteer opportunities to promote daffs. Beware!!! There are daffodil enablers everywhere there.

Daffodil Societies Near You

Do you belong to the ADS? (American Daffodil Society)

Did you know that they come in color combinations of

# W - White or Whitish

# G - Green

# Y - Yellow

# P - Pink

# O - Orange

# R - Red

There are of course spring blooming varieties from very early to extra late and even fall or autumn blooming ones.

The pics below are clickable.

Holland Sensation-a new one for me this spring

Pink Charm. Isn't it a real charmer?

Spring Pride. Here I was practicing posing a vase of 3 for the daff show.

Show us your daff blooms...if using Photobucket, please use the HTML thumb code which is clickable...for our friends on dial-up.

Get some pics of those named daffys...I'll likely be wanting to do some trading later at the appropriate time.

Sue...who could just go on and on, if time permitted this AM

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Well Sue, I checked Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for your weekly post and just now had time to respond. I guess we have all been very busy.
I'm glad to see you have a new interest. One thing I have always wanted to do was to build a greenhouse and grow orchids.
I do grow a few varieties of daffodils. I do have some pics but they were taken with a camera phone. I will post them later. They came from my Grandmothers yard.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2009 at 8:54PM
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I think I finally figured it out!
Sue, the first four pics are what came out of my grandmothers yard. Please correct me on the names and if you can provide a botanical name, that would be awesome.
The last two pics are what I really enjoy growing. The only problem is they smell like a dead animal. Can you imagine a flower show full of those?

Mount Hood

Paper White Narcissus


King Alfred

Don't know.

Dracunculus vulgaris

Saromatum venosum


    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 8:08AM
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I can't click my pics and make them bigger.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2009 at 9:58AM
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token28001(zone7b NC)

One of my odd daffs from this year. I'm not sure if it was one that I planted in the fall or one that I transplanted from the back yard that had been here for years.

This one, I know I didn't plant. I have it marked so I can divide this clump this year. I only got one flower from it and I love it.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2009 at 10:50AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana(zone 5/6)

Hi Jim,

Please correct me on the names and if you can provide a botanical name, that would be awesome.
Taken from the ADS (American Daffodil Society) site, it says, "What is the difference between daffodils and narcissus?

None. The two words are synonyms. Narcissus is the Latin or botanical name for all daffodils, just as ilex is for hollies. Daffodil is the common name for all members of the genus Narcissus, and its use is recommended by the ADS at all times other than in scientific writing."

Yes, the first one is does look to be Mount Hood.

The second pic, yes, is maybe commonly referred to as paperwhites, but there is no actual daffodil named Paperwhite. Those that are referred to as Paperwhites, are usually one of hundreds of cultivars of the "Division 8 - Tazetta Daffodils"

Your second picture really looks more like it might be from Division 9 - Poeticus Daffodils

Here is a link to all of the Daffodil Divisions

King Alfred? I sure cannot say for sure, but it does look to be a Div one yellow petals, and yellow trumpet, (1y-y) so it very well could be. There are however hundreds of cultivars that are 1y-y. Here are all of the 1y-y with pics at Daffseek
What was the source of your King Alfreds?

Don't know.
I have a lot and call them NO ID and give then NO ID numbers for my records. Most of my NO ID came from the big box stores, and are quite common, so in time I will probably figure them out. I took 2 NO ID blooms to a daff show, and they were immediately named. A historic daffodil specialist immediately put a name to a beauty I had been trying for years to get identified. I had rescued the bulbs from an old house site before it was cleared.

The historic one I got named was Orange Phoenix a pre 1731 cultivar

I entered it then in the Daff Show that day, and it got First Place in the Historic section of a single bloom.

The last two pics are what I really enjoy growing. The only problem is they smell like a dead animal.
Oh my Jim, they sure don't do much for me, though they are interesting. I love to stop and smell the flowers, so I'm sure they would be a turn off. A flower show of those would have to be held outside I'd think, in the open air.

I can't click my pics and make them bigger.
You need to copy and paste the HTML Thumb code found below your pic at P-bucket. If you don't see it below the pic, you will need to change your settings...I can help with that if needed.

One of my odd daffs from this year. I'm not sure if it was one that I planted in the fall or one that I transplanted from the back yard that had been here for years.

What a lovely daff from the Poeticus Division.

What was your source of the second bloom? Might it be old or do you know?


    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 11:33AM
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sassybutterfly_2008(7 NorthWest GA)

Token ~ I received a surprise this Spring of the exact same flowering Daffs in my mom's yard. I don't know what they are either, but they're gorgeous and crinkly looking! :) I hope someone can figure out a name for them. I've had no luck with bulb catalogs.

Sue ~ Thanks for the links of local societies,etc. I am going to have to look into this! I've collected only a few so far, but w/ the bulb catalogs I've received I'm sure falling in love with them. Your heirloom daff is GORGEOUS!!!!!


    Bookmark   April 19, 2009 at 3:24PM
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mnwsgal 4 MN(4)

Daffodils say spring to me and I eagerly await their arrival in the grocery store to bring a bouquet of tight buds home and watch them unfold. Hard to believe that such a large beautiful flower can come from such an thin bud.

Because they are deer and rabbit proof I plant them instead of tulips in the fall. The few tulips I have are inside the fenced veg area or potted up and put in the unheated garage for spring blooms.

A cluster of Dolly Mollinger dafs are blooming on the east side of the house as are several NOID that are in those Easter/Spring planters that were rescued from those left after church to be thrown away. I see a cluster of Tete-a-Tetes, a white hyacinth, some blue squill and a tall daffodil with pale yellow outer petals and darker but still soft yellow cup blooming. Those that are planted in more open areas are only a few inches tall or just breaking through the soil or still waiting.

Some of the others I have are Dutch Master, King Alfred, Carlton, Pink Tan, Sur Tan, Mount Hood, Palmares, and Thalia.

The Missouri Botanical Gardens (Shaw's Garden) has a nice variety of daffodils which we saw blooming last April.
Also visit the MN Arboretum in early May to see their daffodil displays.

Thanks for including the link to spring shows. I try to go to as many of the specialty shows as I can each year. They are held at one of my favorite large nurseries so get to see all the new spring annuals and perennials as well.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 12:57PM
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Thanks for the info Sue. All of the Daffodils came from my grandmothers yard.

    Bookmark   April 20, 2009 at 9:41PM
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