Very Early Jonquil

April 2, 2009

Categories: Bulb Information, Growing Daffodils

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Is this very unusual?  I have a “jonquil’ that bloomed yesterday, April 1.  No, this is not an April Fool joke. 
To put this into perspective it bloomed the same day that my ‘Rapture 6Y-Y’ bloomed and they are only two feet apart.  I measured it and it is almost 5 1/2″ tall, 28mm wide and this stem has two florets.  There are several more stems in the clump that have buds on them too.  I haven’t seen any buds on any of my other jonquils
This is one of many daffodils that I dug on my two trips to Louisiana last year and year-before-last.  I am pretty sure that this clump came from the Pinemill, Texas area.  I say this because when I dug bulbs from there, some of the clumps already had open, brown seedheads on the plants, some had fat, green seedheads and others were still in bloom.  I dug clumps of plants in each stage of maturity, as well as the tall, medium & short plants.  I wanted to get as wide a range of jonquils as possible. 

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One response to “Very Early Jonquil”

  1. Loyce McKenzie, Mississippi Loyce McKenzie says:

    No, indeed, Mary, this is not unusual. I have Pine Mills jonquils and other Early Louisiana that bloom that early, in relation to most of my daffodils. But that was ‘way back in late January. Today I have some N. jonquilla simplex, as some call them, opening. I don’t think we’ve even come close to exploring the differences in the jonquils that are growing in the wild in our country. Loyce McKenzie