I had a nice surprise in the greenhouse this week. In 2009, as a doorprize from the Portland Western Winter Study Weekend, I took home a trough that had been planted using soil from Jane McGary. As bulbs germinated, I transferred them to a pot and ignored them. This week this narcissus showed its first flower. Thank you, Jane!
Can anyone put a name to this little darling?
it looks like Narcissus romieuxii or one of the hybrids - I've found that these hoops can be a bit promiscuous and it's difficult to be exact about parentage. It looks to be a good sort whatever it's called,
Thanks, Fermi. That's what I was thinking, but I'm no expert with narcissus. The bulb flies here pretty much killed my interest of the beautiful bulbs years ago. As this one is in the greenhouse, I might be able to keep it for a while. Here's hoping!
Our daffodil season has started with one of the true autumn flowerers, Narcissus obsoletus ( which I received as N. serotinus, but I believe the name has been changed). N. viridiflorus is also in bloom but I picked the flower to take to a Victorian Daffodil Society meeting today!
At the Victorian Daffodil Society's meeting last Sunday we had Lawrence Trevanion from Canberra as guest speaker. Lawrence has been breeding an incredible range of daffodils and one of his specialties is autumn flowering daffs! He had some of his Narcissus elegans hybrids (with N. tazetta) and I got a few to bring home for the pollen! I took these pics the next morning,
Like Claire's this is a "volunteer" hoop petticoat daffodil - either a seedling or a bulblet which was potted up with another plant and now flowering nicely in its own pot.
This is a viridiflorus hybrid raised by Lawrence Trevanion called Viriquilla (Narc Limequilla x N. Emerald Sea)
This is a hybrid I raised by crossing Narc. bulbocosdium ssp graelsii X N. Mondieu
Seems I have to try more daffs from seed!
Yes, Trond, everyone should
This is a Narcissus cyclamenius hybrid I got from a friend who said it was "Tatiana x N.cyclamineus" - I think he meant 'Titania', but I now call it "Tatiana"!
This little N.bulbocodium is from seed of the 10W-W, called Smarple which was a cross by Rod Barwick (Glenbrook Bulb Farm, Tasmania) between N.b.conspicuus and N.cantabricus foliosus, so it seems to have reverted to one of its grandparents! I wasn't impressed with it but now realise it's the earliest of the yellow "hoops" in my garden! I'd say it's actually a 10 G-Y,
Lastly this is another deliberate hybrid (well, as deliberate as I get - basically the parents were in flower at the same time!) using Narcissus romieuxii as the seed parent and pollen from N.r.'Mondieu',
From last week (end of July) a pic of more seedlings in the garden. the parent is either 'Smarple' or 'Kholmes' 10-W-W but one seedling is a brilliant 10 W-Y
Another of Lawrence Trevanion's "green" daffs from 'Hillstar' x 'Emerald Sea', 'Viristar' which opens greenish and fades to white,
Thanks for sharing, Fermi. Bulb flies (2 types) have made growing narcissus in the garden here impossible. Growing them under other plants, in the shade, etc. -- nothing deters the little buzzers.
Yes, I think we have the lesser narcissus fly here - I once dug a bulb which had maggots in it and some bulbs just never re-emerge
Here are some more daffs in the garden,
KB-6 WW -4 -08
More daff pics!
First a clump of one of Glenbrook Bulb Farms' "Little Detective series" - possibly Galligaskins or Kholmes
Next one of Lawrence Trevanions's Narcissus fernandesii v cordubensis x Narc. fern v. cord crosses,
Another of Keira Bulbs' Narc. cyclamineus hybrids, KB-N-28-2000,
More daffs in our garden,
Firstly another "Little Detective" - 'Kojak'
Second, a N. cyclamineus hybrid, 'Mitzy', which should fade to a 6 W-W,
Third, grown from seed collected in Spain by Rafa Dominguez, Narcissus cantabricus,
[quote=Fermi]I got two bulbs as Narcissus hispanicus and you can see the difference in this pic! perhaps one is forma gigantea?[/quote]
Either one would be nice!
I've been enjoying all you guys' pics from down under. Someday I'll see if I can defy the "edict" that species daffs don't grow up here. But gee, I don't know where the time goes.....
Some lovely Narcissus you have shown Fermi.
Here's a yummy New Zealand raised cultivar of which I was given a bulb or two last year.
Narcissus 'Ngaire Rogers 'which I understand consistently has 10–12 perianth segments and is a good multipler.
Registered as an early dwarf.
I have a number of various spring pics to post when the time allows this weekend.
Wow, that's really different looking, like a wind anemone meets up with a jonquil, never seen anything like it.
Some Narc. cyclamineus hybrids - the first from Alec Gray, registered in1955, the rest from Keira Bulbs a bit more recently
Narc. KB-6 W-P-2-08
Narc. KB 6Y-OR-1-03
seedling #1. KS-2-2013
'Cherie' 7 WP
A split-cup jonquill, 'Bella Estrella' 11a W-Y
'Pueblo' 7 WW which opened yellow (see post above) and fades to white
'Intrique' 7 YW -the back of the flower shows the white base to the petals,
'Bantam' 2 Y-YOO - a dwarf to intermediate form so quite suitable for the Rock Garden,