daff history question

February 18, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Historics

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I reading local newspaper for history of daffodil industry in Gloucester…  noted five cultivars were mentioned being shipped…
King Alfred, Emperor, Helios…. and 2 others…. Suydenhamn and Olympia…. these last two are not listed on daff seek…. Has anyone heard of them?

The first daffodil show in Gloucester was March 31 and April 1 with 18 classes and six arrangement classes… now we have 225 horticulture, 4 photography and 11 arrangement classes

5 responses to “daff history question”

  1. Nancy Tackett, California Nancy Tackett says:

    Hi Ceci and all,

    Actually, Olympia is in DaffSeek and the RHS Query System. (http://daffseek.org/query/query-detail.php?value1=Olympia&lastpage=1&which=hist1)

    Both of the photos give the impression ‘Olympia’ has a less twisted perianth than some of the other older varieties.

    Unfortunately, neither system has ‘Suydenhamn’ listed.

    Wishing you a wonderful spring,

    Nancy Tackett
    Martinez, Calif

  2. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio Mary Lou Gripshover says:

    Suydenhamn might be a mis-spelling of Sydenham.  There are 4 entries in DaffSeek with Sydenham in the name, though the one from 1965 is probably not it.  There’s an ‘Olympia’ in DaffSeek–a 1 Y-Y.
    Mary Lou

  3. Sara Van Beck says:

    I neglected to hit ‘reply all’ when i emailed Ceci

    ‘Robert Syndenham’ pre1908 Van Waveren and Son introduction

    It and Olympia were very common in American catalogs into the 1920 Both were large two-tone trumpets, or petals paler than coronas A number of catalogs have images of them in black and white, but they’re not usually great quality interesting that Van Waveren set up an American operation in Va and that two of their big trumpets became widely carried…


  4. Brian Duncan, Northern Ireland Brian Duncan says:

    Ceci, Try ‘Sydenham’ or maybe ‘Robert Sydenham’. I suspect incomplete name or wrong spelling. Brian

  5. James Akers, England James Akers says:

    Just for information
    Robert Sydenham was a nurseryman from Birmingham (UK) well known for his daffodils. He is still commemorated by the award of a prize in his name for vegetables at the Shrewsbury show.
    James Akers