As I read the messages from our friends Down Under, one thing strikes me — the number of ‘beautiful flowers but not of show bench quality’ comments. If your efforts to produce new flowers result in this assessment, I don’t know what you do with the bulbs, but would like to encourage you not to discard/toss/turf them. Someone else would love to have them. And if you lived in the United States, that someone would be me. But since you don’t, may I suggest the following:
1. Keith Kridler gives instructional programs at his local plant societies, and in schools. He sometimes hands out bags of daffodil bulbs for the students to plant around the school for blooming next year.
2. I participate in an annual race to raise money to fight breast cancer, and my sponsors receive my surplus or misnamed daffodil bulbs as part of my ‘thank you.’ This year one of my regular sponsors selected the bulbs he wants! [See www.womens4miler.com
3. Our local Hospice House has asked for bulbs for families of their patients. It’s a nice, easy-care way for them to remember their loved ones every Spring.
4. I’ve sent bulbs with sympathy notes, with house warming packages, to newlyweds, and as part of a hostess gift.
They may not produce show quality flowers, but someone will love them, and you’ll be spreading ‘yellow fever.’