For Easter Sunday just a little round up of the latest daffs to open fully and looking good. Above is ‘Jauno’ one of very many from Brian Duncan of Northern Ireland. It is a trumpet daff (1 Y/WP-P – meaning the petals are yellow with white and pink at the base and a pink trumpet). This colourway is still rather unusual and although I always profess to dislike pink and yellow I really like this. It is a showing daff really but it does look like a strong grower from this first season. It was registered in 2006 so not exactly new.
Above is ‘June Lake’ another Brian Duncan daff, though older, registered in 1990. It is a large cupped daff (2 W-GYP) and the flowers have only just opened so I expect the pink to develop more fully. It is said to be a tall cultivar but so far it is quite stocky – we will see since stems often extend as the blooms age. The name is derived from the hybridiser’s visit to June Lake, in the Inyo National Forest in the central eastern region of California and not because it blooms late!
And onto two less expensive daffodils, but no less lovely, this time from Fluwel (see below). The orange and yellow is ‘Slice of Life’ (11a W-O) bred by Carlos van der Veek. This split corona daffodil is, as you can see by the code, supposed to be white and orange but it is not registered officially so perhaps that is the reason for the error. Anyway, it is unusual for a split corona because the flowers are held in pairs as well as singly and it is quite short. I know that not everyone likes this style of daff but it is a very cute flower. ‘Sweet Ocean’ is the double daff above and was raised by Karel J. van Der Veek and introduced in 2017. It is a pastel-coloured, rather small double (4 WWY-YYO) which may make it more appealing to those who find big doubles just a bit too vulgar. The colouring is really pretty but what makes it really special is that the flowers are beautifully fragrant – a real winner for picking.
Disclaimer As I often repeat, this blog is not commercial and I do not get paid for mentioning suppliers – a reason I do not often mention suppliers. But it seems right to mention them a) to recommend them if I received good service and b) to give you a clue as to where to get plants. My mentioning a supplier is based on my personal experience and I make no claim that you will get perfect service – just that I was happy with the plants and service. They also post to Ireland.
Many of the new daffodils mentioned this year were bought from Fluwel. The strange name is derived from Flowers Love You, We Enjoy Life. Daffodil specialist Carlos van der Veek is the co-founder and they offer a nice range of daffodils and other bulbs. I have been very pleased with the quality of the bulbs and the results from them.