Clay Higgins, North Carolina

Daffodil Season in Northeast NC

February 24, 2018

Categories: American Daffodil Society, Breeding, Daffodil Enthusiasts, General, Hybridizing

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I went to the garden today and found a lot blooming.  However, I found myself interested more in two of my hybrids than all the already named daffodils.

The first on is a little cross between Glenbrook Minicycla and N. cyclamineus:

The second cross was Goldhanger x Goldfinger.  It’s hard to see in the picture but I have designated the color code to be 2Y-YOO;

Very smooth.  Good show quality.  just a little early here in Zone 8A


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7 Responses to Daffodil Season in Northeast NC

  1. Jackie Turbidy, Georgia
    February 24, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Yes, half my daffs are in bloom!
    Doesn’t bode well for GA show!

  2. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    February 24, 2018 at 6:36 pm

    Very nice, Clay!

  3. Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    February 25, 2018 at 5:26 am

    Hi Jackie,

    I have a whole clump of those little 6Y-Y but when I started to take a picture of the little guys I realized I’d have to get down on the ground at their level, 5 or 6 inches. And if I did, I would not be able to get back up without help. So I picked one photograph, and a couple others for hybridization.



  4. Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    February 25, 2018 at 5:29 am

    Hi Mary Lou,

    Thanks. I have a lot more yet to bloom. At the moment, it’s mostly the yellows that are blooming. I think I’m at the point where I have more hybridized daffodils than named one.


  5. David Adams, New Zealand
    February 25, 2018 at 1:28 pm

    Ngaire Rogers should be about to bloom for you. I would love to read your honest reaction. I think it will convert you.

  6. Jackie Turbidy, Georgia
    February 25, 2018 at 6:34 pm

    Hi Clay,
    I use my yoga mat and my very little tripod for those little darlings!

  7. Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    Clay Higgins, North Carolina
    February 26, 2018 at 8:31 am


    I went out and checked on the Ngaire Rogers you sent me. The foliage is about 2 inches above the ground. It will be a couple of weeks before it is ready. Since I have to turn around the bulbs from down where you are, it may be another year before I get an exciting bloom. Usually takes about two year to turn around. I did get it to come up last summer but no bloom, so this years that may be a “squeezed” bloom. Next year, good chance.

    Thanks for sending it.