Miniature daffodils, featured last week, are popular with many gardeners but the traditional tall-growing varieties are to be seen in their thousands. One of the most popular is Golden Harvest at 16 inches with its huge heads and sporting a huge trumpet, both in a glowing golden yellow – hence its name.
For something different there is Intrigue, a prolific flower at ten inches, petals of pale yellow and the heart and edges of the trumpet in white, and at the same height is Spring Dawn, white petals and yellow trumpet.
Not so widely grown are the ‘doubles’. These types don’t have the traditional trumpet but a cluster of petals – something quite different in a daffodil but not to everyone’s taste.
Another group are the ‘pinks’ with their unique colour combinations such as the 16-inch-high Pink Pride with a small trumpet and white petals.
Yet another selection are those with multi-heads such as Thalia (12 inches) on all-white, and Reggae (14 inches) orange trumpet, white petals. A sub-section of these multi-heads have the bonus of also being fragrant. Falconet (14 inches) yellow petals and orange trumpet; Pacific Coast (ten inches) creamy yellow petals, yellow trumpet; New Baby (10 inches) pale yellow and petals, yellow trumpet; and Sail Boat (ten inches) cream petals, yellow trumpet, are some of those available in this group.
All varieties of daffodils are excellent value for money and with little hassle. Once planted they can be left there for years, giving pleasure every spring and only requiring lifting when clumps become too crowded.
As well as specific named varieties there is good value in purchasing large bags of bulbs, usually containing mixed varieties. Of course, with many things, you only get what you pay for, so look for collections with bulb size relative to the type and preferably double-nosed.
All bulb varieties mentioned are available locally.
When filling planters with multi-purpose composts, always add enough to come right up to the rim as this will settle and drop a little in time. Also when adding these composts to containers, they should not be pressed down firmly but merely added to until the desired amount is reached.