John McLennan, New Zealand


June 23, 2009

Categories: Bulb Information, Growing Daffodils, Hybridizing, Planting, Seedling

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Hi Daffnetters ,
Still rather chilly and slow in the Daff paddocks at the moment ;  not unexpected as we are just past the shortest day.
The weather guys said it was just after  6 – 30  pm  N Z time Saturday 20  June.
However for one grower in our area , the season is almost finished.
The photo of the mass planting shows the growth in a block of about 8 acres of one variety of an exceptionally early trumpet.
The grower , Neville  Muir  of Ohau ,started with 3 bulbs of a seedling he noticed in a Christchurch gardeni n the early 1970 ,s.
He bought these north , initially growing at Waikanae , just south of Otaki , and for the last 20 years at his current site.
Most seasons, the first bunches are in the market for Mothers day  –  early May and the picking is usually over by the end
of June. The slow start to this season will see a few marketed in early  July.
Can our Northern daff  folk relate to a yellow trumpet in mid season flush on your shortest day  –  daffs for Christmas.
I  purchased a bunch at my local supermarket , last Friday , just after taking the photos.

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