Tazetta daffodils

‘Sugar Cups’

Of all the 13 different divisions of daffodils, perhaps it is Division 8 that is the most neglected in gardens. The exceptions are the marvellous ‘Geranium’ – which is yet to open – and ‘Paperwhite’ daffodils that are grown almost exclusively for Christmas. Division 8 are called Tazetta daffodils and typically have many flowers per stem, from 3-20. Some are crosses with ‘poet’s’ and are called Poetaz and have fewer, larger flowers. As a group, the Tazettas need more warmth and sun than most others and are, I suspect, better for areas that do not have cold winters. Although they may prefer warmth and mild springs I have always flirted with them, even in the East Midlands in the UK where winters are cold (and summers generally hot and dry) and was encouraged by the fact that ‘Paperwhite’ did quite well outside.

So last autumn I added about 20 to the garden, in various kinds. I doubt that any will do better or make me happier than ‘Geranium’ which is robust, flowers like crazy, has delightful orange and white flowers and smells lovely. But I am hoping to be amazed. One thing that is interesting about all the group is that they have especially big and lovely bulbs with shiny skins. It was almost a shame to bury the poor things, the were so lovely!

This spring some of them got off to a faltering start – they do tend to try to bloom early and quickly, opening flowers before the leaves are fully developed. Wet, cold weather upset the first stems and insomniac slugs dealt with the first buds effectively. But despite the recent cold and wind they are starting to make a show.

‘Polly’s Pearl’ Registered in 1979. Found in a clump of ‘White Pearl’ by Polly Anderson and named by Harold Koopowitz, California
‘Dan du Plessis’ Registered in 1996. Named after the daffodil expert and bred by Rosewarne EHS in Cornwall.
‘Sugar Cups’ Registered in 2002. Bred in New Zealand and with up to 19 flowers per stem
‘Bright Spot’. Registered in 1993. Bred by Sydney DuBose in California. Two or three large flowers per stem with rich colouring.
‘Kapiti Talisman’ Registered in 2012. Bred by John McLennan, New Zealand. It has a large cupped parent which gives it a fuller look that almost disguises it being a ‘tazz’. It is very showy and the cup is slightly more orange than the perianth.
Part of the row and with lots more to come.

There are lots more daffs to come, including all the old historics which are planted in a row in a bed at the bottom of the garden.


One Comment on “Tazetta daffodils”

  1. Paddy Tobin
    March 28, 2021 at 1:30 pm #

    There is no doubt about N. ‘Geranium’; it is certainly one of the very best. We have had cut blooms in the house for about a week now and the fragrance has been beautiful.

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