Welsh Daffodils 2023

When we bought Gelli Uchaf as a derelict shell (“with potential”) way back in 1993, there was no garden at all. The only garden flowers on the whole site were a few ancient double daffodils in the banked hedgerows of our access track, below.

How could we begin to create a garden in West Wales and not try to grow daffodils, (cenhinen bedr – ‘St.Peter’s leek’), the National flower? But which ones to try, when there are tens of thousands available? Surely Welsh origin ones would be a good starting point?

But does that mean named daffodils grown and sold as bulbs in Wales? Difficult even to manage this, since there are very few Welsh nurseries selling them in this way – most bulbs sold are imported. Or named daffodils which were actually bred in Wales? Or even daffodils bred by a Welshman/woman? Living in Wales, or not?

(I’d like to think that in time these unique bulbs, all slightly different, beginning to flower in our upper wild flower meadow from seed saved from daffodils growing here, and simply scattered onto this land over the last 4 seasons, might be viewed as truly Welsh daffodils. But who knows, and does it really matter?)

As I’ll touch on, this is a murky subject and not as easy to explore as one might think. Several countries – England, Scotland, Ireland and more recently the Netherlands and U.S.A. have a strong and often recent history of growing and hybridising daffodils. But what about Wales?

As with my previous observations on snowdrop cultivars, I’ve found it incredibly hard to find any named cultivars specifically bred in Wales, (a strange situation, given its National flower status), so the title of this page simply reflects an attempt to showcase some varieties which survive, and bloom fairly reliably here in our wet upland Welsh climate. This excellent article by Catherine Beale, which I only came across in 2023, and more details here, tells the story of a cluster of daffodil breeders who were based around Presteigne, on the very border of Wales and England, in the early C20th. However, many of the daffodils named in this article, don’t seem to be available commercially any more. The most significant of these breeders was Alec Wilson (1868-1953) who bred 371 named varieties, after relocating his collection from Somerset. Presteigne has a small population of about 2,000  so to also have Dr Nynian Lower (1872-1926), Sir John Arkwright (1872-1954) and Gwendolen Evelyn (d.1949) all at work developing new daffodils around Presteigne was amazing.

Notwithstanding this problem of defining, let alone finding, truly Welsh daffodils, we’ve slowly worked towards a selection predominantly based on vintage or heritage cultivars, as well as those awarded an AGM (RHS Award of Garden Merit).

This has been further complicated in more recent times by using daffodil names for our annual crop of lambs, and then trying to buy examples to plant in the garden.

“Just memories now.

Or slumbering. Soil-bound.

Spring plans already rooted,

For glorious bulbed resurrection.”

Longer term we’re trying to find some of these which survive and flower reasonably well every year in our conditions. We obviously also mainly choose ones which appeal to our aesthetic senses, given the vast range of sometimes lurid and over-double forms available. (Recently acquired vintage daffodils being trialled, below).SDIM1437 (2)We grow them in trial beds or big bags, in our magic terrace garden, mixed with tulips:

And in borders, or naturalised amongst other perennials throughout much of the garden. Unlike fussy tulips, given the right variety choices, they will multiply well like snowdrops and all the effort putting them into the ground initially repays with compound interest over many years, in an ever more floriferous display.

As of 2023, we also have a fabulous display area of about 150 distinct cultivars in a Malus and Sorbus copse, featuring trees we’ve grown from seed. This will develop further in the years ahead to be a fascinating area for comparing colours, forms, sizes and flowering times of these wonderful spring flowers, which can bloom from early January, to the middle of May. The photos below give an idea of what this area looked like in mid-April 2023:

I should mention of course, the local Welsh Tenby Daffodil, a species, Narcissus obvallaris, which we do also grow. This flowers early, but not reliably. In some years, below, it produces a mass of strong yellow, smallish short-stemmed, and fairly short-lived flowers. However in other years, hardly any flowers appear from the hundreds of bulbs. So it’s less reliable for extending the season of daffodil flowering into later spring than many other named cultivars.

Click here for a link to the current RHS list of AGM cultivars with basic descriptions. Of the nearly 30,000 named varieties, about 140 have been given an AGM so the choice is still huge. However many of the AGM varieties will have been trialled in very different climate, rainfall and soil conditions to those found in our garden. (Narcissus ‘Brunswick’, below, is a very reliable and beautiful vintage daffodil, with us.)

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The UK grows over 50 % of total world daffodil production, both for dry bulb sales as well as for cut flower production. But many forms we’ve tried don’t thrive with us, dying out or fading away after just the first year. So (beginning in 2015) I’m going to illustrate the ones which we can grow in order of flowering time with us beginning in early January, if we’re lucky, and on into the middle of May. To make flower comparisons a little easier, I’m showing the flowers cut, in a single blue glass bowl, as well as on the plants.

Even this process is fraught, since recently planted bulbs typically flower a week or 2 earlier than those in the ground, and individual flowers constantly grow and usually show colour changes as they age. (The daffodil below was an incorrect, unnamed variety sent to us in error, in autumn 2016 and has the unusual trumpet colour change from mid yellow to pale peach, then palest pink as it ages).

Most are named, some aren’t, having been acquired years before we started to record names. And occasionally more of the same named cultivar arrives 2 years running from the same wholesaler, and looks quite different when the flowers emerge! (Which of Parker’s Bulbs’ Narcissus ‘Actaea’, below is the correct clone? They’re both lovely, but notice the difference in trumpet size and form.)SDIM1441 (2)SDIM1442 (2)

The lower one we identified subsequently as N. ‘Merlin’, which we had never knowingly bought. Armed with this name, we have now added to our numbers of this special daffodil, since it’s a very reliable, long-flowering, later season variety, and is really appropriate given the mythical links between Merlin, the wizard, and Carmarthenshire.

You’ll also notice we’re not very keen on ‘Big All Yellow Jobs’.

Although we do like some of the charming vintage all yellow daffodils, as below, which we find sit more comfortably with our relaxed attempts at a generally naturalistic garden style.

I’m also keen to see if older varieties bred before commercial fungicides and pesticides became widely used in bulb fields, survive better with us over the long term.

I’ll also list their ‘division’ (a form of classification of daffodils into a dozen groups), their colours of perianth (petals) and corona (trumpet), their relative flowering time and height, and finally a note as to how reliable they are to flower regularly in our upland Welsh garden. Click here to see the excellent description of the division classifications on the Croft 16 daffodil site, which has, along with Ron & Adrian Scamp, click here, been a wonderful source for us of many of these charming vintage flowers.

Perhaps this page might encourage more people to explore the huge range of daffodils available, and please accept that as a work in progress, along with our other interests, this page may never look “complete”. It’s also surprisingly time consuming to manage to get good photos of lots of flowers as they open in a rush! Which is probably why you only tend to find images of single flowers on most commercial bulb sales sites.

This page shows their relative flowering times in 2017, which so far seem to be about 2 weeks earlier than in 2015. I’m occasionally including leaf colour in descriptions, where they differ from the standard blue green tint typical of the majority of daffodils. Sometimes such foliage colour variations can make nice contrasts in the spring garden.

For the last 2 years, as well as regularly scattering wood ashes from our stoves on the bulb growing areas, I’ve applied dried seaweed meal twice a year, in autumn and spring. Whether this supplementation of trace minerals is a key factor, or not, flowering in most cultivars has been much more consistent since its use began. We use no other fertilisers or mulches on our bulbs or any other parts of the garden, apart from the now quite considerable natural leaf fall, which is left in situ. Or spread as lawnmower chopped leaves onto those borders/areas which don’t get much tree leaf fall landing on them.

We add a few more varieties each year, and this list desperately need updating, but at last in 2023, we’ve made a start on cataloguing the ones we have growing here. Photos will have to come in future years (!) but currently there are around 220 distinct forms.

All daffodils, as you’ll see, really aren’t the same.


N. obvallaris (Tenby)
Narcissus pseudonarcissus ‘Lobularis’ (Lent Lily Daffodil)
N. pseudonarcissus moschatus
N. radiflorus var. radiflorus
N. radiflorus var. stellata
N. recurvus poeticus – (Pheasant Eye)

Named Cultivars:

Autocrat (Midtown Autocrat)
Balmacara Beauty
Barret Browning (Poss?)
Barrii Conspicuous
Bath’s Flame
Biggar Bountiful
Colleen Bawn
Cool Crystal
Cornish Chuckles
Doctor Hugh
Dorothy Yorke
Dream Torte
Eaton Song
Edward Buxton
Elizabeth Ann
Ellie Ney (???)
February Gold
Ffitch’s Ffolly
Fintry Beauty
Flambard’s Village
Flusher (???)
Frank Miles
Golden Amber
Golden Mary (Midtown Elegance)
Halley’s Comet
Happy Smiles (???)
Harmony Bells
Harper’s Ferry
Harvard (???)
Helford Dawn
Holme Fen
Hoopoe (???)
Horn of Plenty
Howick Beauty
Hugh Town
Ice Follies
Ice Wings
Iced Diamond
Indian Maid
Irish Fire
Irish Light
Irish Linen
Irish Minstrel
Jack Snipe
Jet Fire
John Evelyn
John Lanyon
Jumblie (?)
June Lake
Katie Heath
King Alfred
Lady Godiva
Lady Margaret Boscawen
Lady Mary’s Gwyther
Lady Moore
Little Witch
Loch Fyne
Lord Grey
Madame Plemp
Maggie Maybe
Martinette (?)
Marie Curie Diamond
Mary Copeland (?)
Maybole Elegance
Midtown Amber
Midtown Brigadier
Midtown Noble
Midtown Torch
Misty Glen
Mrs Langtry
Mrs R O Backhouse
Nelsonii Group
Orange Comet
Orange Phoenix
Peeping Tom
Poolewe Pintuck
Queen of the North
Rijnvelds Early Sensation
Rip Van Winkle
Rippling Waters
Rustum Pasha
Sealing Wax
Sir Watkin
Sir Winston Churchill
Snow Baby
Snow Crest
Southern Gem
Special Envoy
St Olaf
St Piran
Sulphur Star
Toby the First
Torosay Elegance
Tyndrum Flame
W.P. Milner
White Lady
White Nile
Winter Waltz
Woodland Prince (Prob.?)

Unnamed as yet:

x Richard 1 – dwarf – tyre
x Richard 2 – dwarf – tyre
x February Gold-like but 2 weeks later
x Cream white small double, richly scented
x Egg yolk yellow v wide yellow trumpet – terrace/front border
x Orange Trumpet, cupped yellow
x Primrose yellow small double scented – like Cheerfulness -tyre
x Salmon pink trumpet – tyre
x Salmon pink yellow trumpet, flatter flower – tyre
x Short orange trumpet, yellow perianth, smaller flower – Amelanchier
x White Gardenia scented double tyre

x White perianth, apricot trumpet, early, large, highly scented – tyre


The links to DaffSeek given for many cultivars are to the excellent search pages of The American Daffodil Society, where you will find many more details of a lot of the cultivars; additional images; whether they are fertile; what progeny they might have produced, etc. A brilliant resource for a flower with such a vast range of named varieties.

Late January 2017:

1:Narcissus ‘Rijnveld’s Early Sensation’ AGM Div. 1 Y-Y Early. Tall. Always the first to flower with us. Poorer flowering 2015, third flowering year. (Mid February 2015). Started flowering January 23 rd 2017.  Has flowered very well during last 2 years, and is bulking up well. Long House border. Pre 1943. Click here for more on DaffSeek. Late February 2017: 

2: Narcissus ‘Topolino‘ AGM Div.1 – W-Y, Early. Short. One of the very few prolific seed setters of the daffodils we grow, and has widespread insect appeal. Emerging bumblebee queens even visit the flowers regularly. Bulks up well. Many locations through garden. Bred in 1965 In Netherlands. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

3: Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete‘. AGM. Div. 12 – Y-Y. Early. Short. Long term reliable The most widely grown daffodil in the world. Bright green leaves. Stable population in most areas, gradually diminishing in a few areas with very poor soil. Bred before 1949. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

4:Narcissus  pseudonarcissus obvallaris (Tenby Daffodil). Div.13 – Y-Y. Medium height. Very early. Very distinctive form, with petals held quite close to the longer trumpet And of course our very local species daffodil. Vigorous and clumps up well, in soil or shale so long term survival guaranteed. Sets small amounts of seed as well in some years, but very poor flowering in 2015. Last 2 years flowered really well. A species variant dating pre 1796 . Click here for more on DaffSeek.


First half of March 2017: 

5: Narcissus  ‘February Gold’  AGM. Div 6 – Y-Y. Early. Mid height. Bright green leaves. Long term reliable flowering here, in poor conditions and borders. Shrubbery and Long Croquet border. Before 1923 bred in Netherlands. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

6: Narcissus ‘Jetfire’ AGM . Div 6 – Y-O. Early. Short. Prolific and long term reliably floriferous here, growing in very stony poor conditions. Bright green leaves. Terrace garden and shrubbery. Retyred matrix garden. Bred 1966 in U.S.A. Click here for more on DaffSeek.7: Narcissus Bravoure AGM (?). Div 1 – Y-W. Early. Tall. Included in a sack of surplus daffodils brought to us by a friend early on, and planted beneath the Amelanchiers. It’s flowers are too large for my liking, and the stems too fragile to withstand the frequent strong winds up here. Can’t be certain of this name though.

8: Narcissus pseudonarcissus pumilus. (?)  Pale yellow form Div 13- Y-Y Early. Miniature. One of 2 forms given to us unnamed. Short lasting flower. Very prone to slug damage. Fertile. Retyred Matrix garden.

9: Narcissus pseudonarcissus pumilus (?). Yellow form. Div 13 -Y-Y. Early. Miniature. another dwarf form given to us unnamed. Retyred matrix garden.

10: Narcissus ‘Eaton Song’ AGM. Div 12 – Y-O. Early, and multi headed. Long lasting flowers. Mid green leaves. Retyred Matrix garden. Bred 1973 U.S.A. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  11:Narcissus ‘Martinette’. Div. 8 – Y – O. Multiheaded. Tall and early but dies out in the garden. Bright green foliage. Now only in the retyred matrix garden. Pre 1985 Bred in U.S.A. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 12:Narcissus ‘Ice Follies’. AGM Div 2 – W-Y. Average height. Vigorous, and reliable in many locations with us increasing and flowering reliably. Along with ‘Brunswick’ one of the earliest taller white perianth forms. Poor insect appeal and minimal seed. Many locations throughout garden. Pre 1953 The Netherlands. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

13:‘Narcissus pseudonarcissus subsp. pseudonarcissus’ . Div.13 – W-Y .Short. The early native ‘Lent Lily’. The bulbs are not much bigger than a snowdrop, and the first year after flowering (2014) yielded only 1 flower from 200 bulbs, unlike most daffodils which will flower in the first season. But 2015 saw far more flowers, and they are slowly multiplying. They do attract insects and set seed. Bank above Big bag bottle bank. Pre 1796.  14:Narcissus ‘Brunswick’ . AM FCC. Div 1 – W-Y. Early. Very tall, vigorous and one of our most reliable cultivars. Longest lasting flowers of any we grow as well. It even sets a few seed, if allowed. A pre 1931 variety. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  15: Narcissus ‘Rip Van Winkle’ Div.4 – Y-Y. Early and very short double flowers. These arrived mixed in with a bulb order, sent in error, but the spikey double flowers have a certain charm. So they’re still here! Retyred matrix garden. Pre 1884. Ireland. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  16: Unknown Name. Like February Gold, similar height and colour, but about 10 days later, with broader trumpet, and not such swept back petals. Long croquet border.

17:Narcissus ‘King Alfred’. Div 1.-Y-Y. FCC pre 1899. Not our type of daffodil, but arrived in the mixed bag given to us by a friend. Quite early, but too big and brash for us. A commonly planted municipal daffodil. Beneath Amelanchiers, where its intrusiveness aren’t too obvious. Click here for more on DaffSeek. Daffodil flowers continue to grow as they age, and often petals curl. Are all the flowers below, the same King Alfred??18: Narcissus ‘Fortune’. Div 2 Y-O. Vigorous. Pre 1917. Tall and early. Bulking up well. Spiral bed big bag North. Click here for more on DaffSeek.   19: Narcissus ‘Snipe’. Div.6 -W-W. New for 2017. Attractive short, early N. cyclamineus form. Big Bag Bottle Bank. Lemon trumpets fading to white. Pre 1948. WALES!! Click here for more on DaffSeek. 20: Narcissus “Little Witch”. Div. 6 Y-Y. A N. cyclamineus form. Spiral Big Bags. Pre 1921. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  21: Narcissus Old Welsh Double. The original, and variable daffodil growing on our banked hedgerows accessing our house. The only “garden” flowers on the property when we bought Gelli Uchaf. Frankly not the most attractive daffodil, and flops terribly after rain or winds. But certainly a historical old form!  22: Narcissus “Biggar Bountiful”: Div.2 Y-Y. Vigorous well proportioned old daffodil. Spiral bed big bags. Clear yellow fading quickly to paler primrose.

23: Narcissus ‘Trena’. Div.6- W-Y. AGM 1971. Bred in New Zealand. Click here for more, from DaffSeek. Another N. cyclamineus form, but noticeably larger, wider flower. Seems to often produce 2 flowers per bulb. Sturdy, shortish flowers and short wide foliage A real favourite already. Primrose yellow perianth fading to pure white. Stands up brilliantly to winds and rain – partly because flowers turned downwards.. Big Bag Bottle Bank. Flowers along with N. “Snipe”. Big Bag Bottle Bank. New for 2017.  24: Narcissus “Princeps”.  Div. 1 W-Y. A pre 1830 form, similar to the earlier native Lenten lily, but larger flowers. Perianth fades to primrose, trumpet lengthens and becomes wonderful clear yellow. Spiral big bags, North Click here for more DaffSeek details.  25: Unknown. Large flower, flattened, apricot/egg yolk yellow trumpet strongly scented. Vigorous. Northern corner of retyred matrix garden beyond Clematis supports.  26: Narcissus ” Southern Gem”. Div. 2 W-W . Pre 1913. Click here for more, from DaffSeek. Spiral big bags.  27: Narcissus “Niphetos”. Div.2 W-W. Pre 1927 Click here for more, from DaffSeek. Spiral bed big bags. 28: Narcissus “White Nile”. Div. 2 W-W Pre 1916. Click here, for more, from DaffSeek. Spiral bed Big Bags North.   29: Narcissus “Midtown Brigadier”. Div.2 W-Y. Unknown origin or date. Spiral bed big bag. Yellow perianth/petals fading to white.  30: Narcissus “Fintry Beauty” Div 2. Y-A. 1920’s/30’s? Pale sulphur perianth flicked back at the apex, fading with age. Clear yellow flaring trumpet. Bulks up really well. Another firm favourite. Stands up to wind and rain very well. Bottle bank big bags.   31: Narcissus “Nancegollan”. Div.7 W-W. Pre 1937. Click here for more from DaffSeek. Bottle bank big bags. New for 2017. First impressions are that this is very attractive, nice small proportions, and sturdy in wind and rain.  32: Narcissus “Sir Watkin”. Div.2 Y-Y. Pre 1868. Our flowers of this cultivar have always had slight white colour breaks in the perianth segments, whilst appearing healthy in other respects. Click here for more from DaffSeek. Bottle bank big bags.


Second half of March 2017:

33: Narcissus “Twink”. Div 4. Y – O. Pre 1925. Click here for more from DaffSeek. Spiral big bags North. Flowers like this flop over in the rain badly. And I’m not that keen on double flowers normally…but wow. doesn’t it look stunning when cut, and put in the blue bowl?  

34: Narcissus “Frostkist”. Div. 6 W-W. 1968 Oregon USA. Click here for more from DaffSeek. bottle bank big bags. We called our first born ewe lamb after this daffodil in 2016, so had to then buy some bulbs…New for 2017.  35: Narcissus x odorus. Bought as double campernelli.  Div. 13. Species/wild variants. Dates from 1756. Bottle bank big bags. New for 2017. Very long lasting flowers – nearly 1 month.   Click here for more from DaffSeek.   36: Narcissus “Canaliculatus”.  Div.8. W-Y. Pre 1915. Click here  for more from DaffSeek. A dwarf form which doesn’t usually flower well. Several tiny flowers per stem. Scented. Said to need a very sunny position to flower well, and indeed usually flowers very poorly for us. Tyres beneath cider apples. Flowered quite well in 2017, in spite of poor light levels both 2017, and summer 2016. 

37: Narcissus “Barrett Browning”. Div. 3 WWY-O. Dutch bred pre 1945. Click here for more from DaffSeek. Like many orange trumpet forms, the orange colour fades quite quickly in bright sunshine. Bought very early on in a mixed bag. Tyre beneath cider apples.

38: Narcissus “Geranium”. Div.8 W-O. Pre 1930 Holland. Tyres beneath cider apples, and elsewhere in garden.  A very reliable scented multi headed daffodil. Long lasting flowers. Click here for more from DaffSeek.   39: Narcissus “Cheerfulness”. AGM FCC.   Div.4 W-Y Pre 1923 The Netherlands. Small white scented double, long lasting flowers. Tyre beneath Tydeman’s Late Orange apple. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

  40: Narcissus pseudonarcissus moschatus. Div.13. W-W. A species variant with white trumpet and perianth. Dates back to at least the 1870’s. Not very vigorous for us. Retyred matrix garden. 41: Narcissus “Ice Wings”. AGM. Div.5 W-W. A dwarf N. triandrus form.  Dates from 1958. Not very vigorous with us, like several X N. triandrus forms Click here for more from DaffSeek. Retyred matrix garden.  42: Narcissus “Thalia”.  Div.5 W-W. Pre 1916. Holland. An old reliable form. Often 2 flowers per head. Extensive planting around garden. Click here for more from DaffSeek.  (With “Merlin” and Tresamble” above.)

43: Narcissus “Hospodar”. Div.2 Y-O. Pre 1914. Spiral bed big bags North. Perianth colour fades through pale yellow very attractively to white as the flower ages  Click here for more from DaffSeek.   44: Narcissus “Loch Fyne”. Div.2 W-Y. 1911. Bottle bank big bags. A striking and very large flower. In 2015 the flowers’ perianth was more very pale primrose, than the white of 2017. Click here for more from DaffSeek.   45: Narcissus “Amabilis” (nanus). Div.3 W-Y. Pre 1878. Bottle bank big bag. Already a firm favourite, this has bulked up very well from just 2 bulbs initially. Really dainty star shaped flowers, with pale yellow coronas (trumpets). But not really long lasting flowers. Click here for more on DaffSeek.   46: Narcissus “Stella”. Div.2 W-Y. Pre 1869 . Click here for more on DaffSeek. Bottle bank big bags. Another favourite old daffodil flower. Wonderfully rich yellow corona, and perianth which quickly fades from pale primrose to white. 47: Narcissus “Maggie May(be)”. Div. 2  W-Y Pre 1899. Spiral bed big bags. Click here for more on DaffSeek.   48: Narcissus “Bernadino”. Div 2. W-YYO. Spiral bed big bags. Pre 1907Click here for more on DaffSeek.   49: Narcissus “Collen Bawn”. Div.1 W-W. Pre 1885 Ireland. A short, early form, but not really worthwhile in its current position, possibly because of too much shading? Quite similar to N. p. moschatus, which is also not very vigorous with us. In danger of fading away. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

50: Narcissus “Lady Godiva”. AM.  Div.3 W-YYO.  Pre 1900 . Short form, pale primrose perianth, fading to white. Yellow orange corona, with orange rim, which quickly fades in strong sunshine. Spiral bed big bags  Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

51: Narcissus “Midtown Noble”. Div1. WY-Y. Spiral bed big bags. 

52: Narcissus  “Beersheba”. AM FCC.Div. 1 W-W. Spiral bed big bags North.  Actually flowers earlier in the list, but the very long trumpet flowers are held on quite thin stems and flopped over badly in 2017’s wind and rains, so got missed! Click  here for more on DaffSeek.

53: Narcissus “Killigrew”. AM FCC Div. 2 Y-O.1907. Spiral bed big bag Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

54: Narcissus “Dunkeld” Div. 2 Y-O Spiral bed big bag. 1934 .Click here for more on DaffSeek.

55. Narcissus Unknown.  Spiral bed big bag.

56: Narcissus ” Queen of The North”. Div. 3  W-Y. Vigorous, sturdy and lasts well in rain and wind. Bottle bank big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

57: Narcissus “Lucifer”. FCC AM Div. 2 W-YOO .Pre 1890. Ireland. Retyred matrix garden. Stunning flowers, but not as vigorous with us, as some, and fairly short lived flowers.  Click here for more on DaffSeek.

58: Narcissus “Mary Copeland”. AM Div.4 W-Y Tyre beneath apple and Short Croquet bed. Pre 1913. We’re not great fans of double daffodils, but this is a tough and reliable vigorous form with us, bought way before we knew about some of the other older varieties. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

59: Narcissus “White Lady”. AM  Div. 3 W-Y Pre 1897. One of our most prolific, reliable old forms, mid season. Quite tall, elegant flowers.

60: Unknown. Gelli longhouse bed. A very attractive reliable slender stemmed, and leafed daffodil, which we’ve bulked up in the bed in front of the house. Smaller flowers in clear yellow, with perianths that fade almost to white. Long lasting flowers too.

61: Narcissus “Jenny”. AGM FCC. Div. 6 W-W. Pre 1943. Tyre beneath apple. Beneath Acer griseum in copse, and triangle bed. A very pretty late, shortish N. cyclamineus form, emerging palest primrose and quickly fading to white. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

62: Narcissus “Sirius”. Div.2 W-YYO. Pre 1897. Ireland. Spiral bed big bags. A very attractive taller daffodil.  Click here for more on DaffSeek.

63: Narcissus “Evangeline”. AM Div.3 W-Y. Pre 1908 . Spiral bed big bags.Click here for more on DaffSeek.

64: Narcissus “Therapia”. AM Div.3 W-YYO. Pre 1922 . Spiral bed big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

65: Narcissus “Tenedos”. AM.   Div.2 W-Y. Pre 1923. A very big flower, quite tall and not very resilient to the winds and rain of late march 2017. Trumpet fades to cream. Spiral bed big bag. Click here  for more on DaffSeek. 

66: Narcissus radiiflorus var. radiiflorus G strain.  Div.13 W-YYR. Spiral bed big bag. A wild species form, with smaller poeticus type scented dainty flowers. As with many such flower types to red rim doesn’t last for that long.

67: Narcissus “Madame Plemp”. Div.1 W-Y. Pre 1890. The Netherlands. Spiral bed big bags. A shorter than average daffodil with a wonderful clear yellow trumpet. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

68: “Narcissus “Crenver”.   Div.3 W-GYR . Pre 1927. Spiral bed big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

69: Narcissus “Glorious”. AM FCC.   Div.8 W-O.. Pre 1923. Spiral bed big bag. Usually 2 flowers per head. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

70: Narcissus “Brilliancy”. AM Div. 3 Y-YYO. Pre 1906. Spiral bed big bag. very poor flowering in wet windy March 2017. Weak flower stems. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

71: Narcissus “Firebrand”.  Div. 3. WWY-R. Pre 1897. Bottle bank big bags. New  for 2017. Looks like this form lasts better than others of this general type, like Lucifer. Very attractive flower. Stood up to winds and rain well.  Click here for more on DaffSeek.

72: Narcissus “Pueblo”. Div. 7 W-W. 1966 U.S.A. Bottle bank big bag.  New for 2017. Vigorous and several flowers per bulb. Masses of flowers in first year. Quickly fades from yellow trumpet on opening to white, so an interesting and attractive effect with the newer lower flowers opening as older flowers mature.Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

73: Narcissus “Damson”. AM.   Div.2 WWY-R. Pre 1925. Bottle bank big bag.  Long Croquet border. ( I think!)  Vigorous, strong daffodil with quite quickly fading perianth from strong to pale primrose yellow, and then white, whilst the perianth area closest to the trumpet base stays yellow for much longer. The orange corona retains its colour really well over this ageing process, and it’s one of the longer lasting daffodils. (Are all the flowers below Damson, though? 2 are from the croquet lawn bed, and have been in the ground for much longer. 2 are from a Big Bag.If they’re not the same, they’re very similar!))   Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

74: Narcissus “Lady Mary’s Gwyther. 

75: Narcissus “Cynosure”.  Div. 2 W-YYO Bottle bank big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

76: Narcissus “Resolute”. Div.2 Y-Y Pre 1897. Bottle bank big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

77: Narcissus “Midtown Torch”. Bottle bank big bag. Perianth fades from primrose to white.

78: Unknown. Div.1 W-Y. Long clear yellow trumpet, average height mid season. Long croquet bed and retyred matrix beneath cider apple. A striking daffodil. 79; Unknown.  Spiral bed big bags. Mid height, smaller flowers vigorous. Very attractive.

80: Narcissus “Bath’s Flame”. AM  Div.3 Y-YYO Bottle bank big bag. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

81. Unknown Spiral bed big bags North east 


First Half Of April 2017 :

91: Narcissus “W.P.Milner”.  Div.1 W-W. Pre 1869. Short, early, but poor performer with us. Prone to slug damage, and short lived flowers. Tyre beneath blackcurrant 1-4.  Click here for more on DaffSeek.

92. Narcissus “Greenodd”.   Div.3  W-YYW. 1991 Retyred matrix garden. Bottle bank big bags. Very tall flowers. Huge bulbs. Thick foliage. Green yellow fading to yellow trumpet. Large flat flowers. Very pure white perianth. New for 2017.  Click here for more on DaffSeek.   98: Narcissus “Actaea” AGM FCC.   Div.9 W-YYR Pre 1919. The Netherlands. Several places throughout garden. Walk to gate meadow copse, Long croquet bed, below washing spiral, beyond greenhouse. About a month before N.p. recurvus. Scented. Like many poeticus types, takes 3 or 4 years from planting to really settle in and flower well. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

99: Narcissus radiiflorus stellata.  Spiral bed big bags. Pretty flowers, but quite short lived. Shortish in stature. 100. Narcissus “Niveth”. Div.5 W-W . Pre 1931.Bottle bank big bags. A little less vigorous, floriferous and shorter than some. Very pure white on maturity. New for 2017. Click here for more on DaffSeek.   101. Narcissus “Tinhay”.  Div 7 W-W . 2007 Late and very tall .Pale primrose fading to white. Scented and more than 1 flower per bulb and stem. New for 2017. Bottle bank big bags. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

102. Narcissus poeticus ornatus. Div.9 W-YYR. Pre 1870 . Introduced to UK from France. Bottle bank big bag. Short, scented, and vigorous, withstanding poor weather quite well.Quite long lasting flowers too. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  103: Unknown. Probably acquired by us really early on and now grouped beyond the croquet lawn. Like many orange cupped daffodils, the orange fades quite quickly in any weather conditions – they rarely look good for more than 10 days. But they do survive well here in very poor conditions here between shrubs.  103: Narcissus “Seraglio”. AM  Div.3 Y-YYO. 1926 . Spiral be big bags North. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

104: Narcissus “Quail”. 

105: Narcissus ?  “Autocrat”. Bottle bank big bags.

106: Narcissus Unknown. Div.11 The only split corona. example we have. Planted as a group on Easterly side of Magic terrace garden, amongst Euphorbia cypressoides and lily of the valley, having been hoiked out from various other areas of the garden. Nor one we’d have bought now! 

107: Narcissus “Oryx”. AGM  Div.7 Y-W. 1969 U.S.A.  Retyred matrix garden, long croquet bed. Bottle bank big bags. Late, scented tall, long lasting flowers. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

108: Narcissus “Segovia”. AGM.  Div.3 W-Y. 1962 Dwarf. Very attractive, but not very vigorous in current site. Retryed matrix garden. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

109: Narcissus “Lady Margaret Boscawen”. FCC . Div.2 W-Y. Pre 1898. Retyred matrix garden. A smaller daffodil. Not very long lasting.Trumpet fades to nearly white. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

110: Narcissus “Merlin”. AGM . FCC. Div.3 W-YYR. 1956 Ireland. Widely throughout the garden. This is probably our favourite daffodil. Late, vigorous, long lasting. And very appropriate for Carmarthenshire. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

111: Narcissus “Tresamble” AM.  Div. 5 W-W.  pre 1930 2 or 3 flowers per stem. Trumpet fades from pale primrose to cream. Widely planted through the garden, and often flowers with Merlin. Also retyred matrix garden. Click here for more on DaffSeek

112: Narcissus “Lalique” Div.3  Y-GYY 1975 U.S.A. Tall late daffodil. Huge, flat flowers ageing to creamy white. Bottle bank big bags. New for 2017. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

113: Narcissus “An Gof”. Div 7.  W-GYO 1999.  Tall late daffodil. Perianth quickly fading to white, from strong primrose. Bottle bank big bag. New for 2017. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

114: Narcissus “Cool Crystal”. AM   Div.3 W-GWW. 1966 U.S.A. Bottle bank big bags. Tall and Late. New for 2017. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

115: Narcissus “Capability Brown”  Div. 9 W-GYR. 1996 Bottle bank big bags. Late and shortish. More than 1 flower stem per bulb. Slightly reflexed perianth. Scented. New for 2017.  Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

116: Narcissus “Snowcrest”.  Div 3 W-GWW 1972. Ireland. Bottle bank big bags. Late, standard height. New for 2017. Click here for more on DaffSeek. 

117: Narcissus Unknown. Bought as N. Keats. But isn’t ! A strange short, late flowering daffodil. Several flowers per bulb, and even 3 per stem. Swept back perianth. The trumpet starts off as quite a clear yellow, wide trumpet, which changes to pale peach or even a delicate pink colour as it ages – often at the same time as the next, more recent, flower from the bulb is still yellow. So visually a bit of an eyeful!  118: Narcissus “St. Piran”. Div.7 W-Y. 1993. Bottle bank big bags. Late. smaller flowers, scented. New for 2017. Named after the Patron Saint of tin miners/Cornwall by Ron Scamp. Click here for more on DaffSeek.  119: Narcissus “Torosay Elegance”.   Div.2 Y-Y. Possibly the same as Maybole Elegance. Look closely at the flowers in the blue bowl, below.. Are there 2 different forms here? One with slightly larger trumpets, and wider perianth segments? A very pretty daffodil, which ages gracefully, is vigorous, and has quite long lasting mid season flowers. 

120: Narcissus “Conspicuus”. FCC  Div.3 Y-YYO. Pre 1869. bottle bank big bags. Orange on rim fades quickly in strong sunlight. Click here for more on DaffSeek.   121: Narcissus Unknown. Div. 3 Bottle bank big bags.   122: Narcissus Unknown. Div.2  W-Y.  Very distinctive late flowering smaller flower with straight sided clear egg yolk yellow trumpet and bright white perianth. Mid height, strong wider blue green leaves. 

123: Narcissus “Pipit”. Div.7 YYW-Y 1963 U.S.A. A distinctive scented, late season daffodil, with unusual yellow and white perianth, fading paler as the flower ages. Terrace tubs and retyred matrix garden. Click here for more on DaffSeek.

Updated 17/04/2023