Little old lady poets – HELP!!!

April 8, 2008

Categories: Daffodil Types, Standards

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(she’d kill me if she knew i wrote that!)
These flowers are from a member’s garden; some she’s rescued from the metro Atlanta area, others she brought down from Illinois (?).
The big difference I can discern is the rim ring(s), but there were one or two flowers where it seemed to be half-way between the other two: a solid red rim touching yellow or a slightly thinner red ring, then a white ring, then the yellow body of the cup
(one is red – white – red – yellow; another red-white-black-yellow)
The petals reflexed randomly on all flowers, and incurled or not, etc. I’m not expert enough to determine if there are differences in the stamen positions in the tube.
Is the rim ring an erratic result of weather? None look like the Pheasant’s Eye I bought a few years ago (petal-wise). Are some of these Ornatus? Are some N. radiiflorus (sp)? They’re small and relatively early blooming for around here; these have been in bloom for 2 wks+ and my Actaea is just now starting…
HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One response to “Little old lady poets – HELP!!!”

  1. Keith Kridler says:

    There are not that many old poets that do well in the south. Poeticus Ornatus is pretty well done blooming for us and is one of the few species poets that will even bloom. It blooms well ahead of Actea. We are at an elevation of 358 feet here but on about the same latitude as Atlanta but you all can grow rhododendrons while our nights are too hot in summer for them to survive.
    Jason Delaney has hundreds if not thousands of wild crosses between the poets planted at the Shaw Nature Preserve outside of St. Louis Missouri. A photo of maybe 60 of these different poets was used in ADS journal a couple of years ago showing the vast differences in size and cup color.
    We are having flooding rains again for the last two days here in the Northeast Corner of Texas. I may start growing water lilies in my yard instead of lawn grasses! Keith Kridler