Keith Kridler, Texas

Ceylon blooms facing the sun

November 27, 2009

Categories: Daffodil Types, Growing Daffodils, Standards

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Here is a shot of a drift of Ceylon. Each bloom has six little curved solar reflectors cupped and bent just right to reflect sunlight back onto the sides of the trumpet. The trumpet is flared to ricochet the rays of the sunlight to the bottom of the trumpet which has a darker green eye to capture and absorb the heat.
Red rims bred into trumpets often absorb so much heat from the sun on a clear day and give off more moisture than the plant can push to the edges of the trumpet. Everyone showing daffodils knows that you need to pick the red cupped daffodils before the sun burns the darker color creating a dried up area along the rims.
It would be pretty easy to use the infrared thermometers to get temperature readings on the various parts of the daffodils.
Keith Kridler in the north east corner of Texas. Frost on the daffodil blooms this morning 35*F (2*C) with 70*F (21*C) predicted for this afternoon again.

2 responses to “Ceylon blooms facing the sun”

  1. Loyce McKenzie, Mississippi Loyce McKenzie says:

    Keith, thanks for posting this message/explanation/description and the picture. ‘Ceylon’ is, in my judgement, one of
    the all-time great garden daffodils.
    Loyce McKenzie
    Madison, Mississippi


  2. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee Becky Fox Matthews says:

    What fun to know that each daff is its own little greenhouse and that the insects appreciate the warmth! I have a bud on a species tazetta planted out in the raised beds that has always frozen in bud (I have to check the label to see which one), so I put a little cover over it in hopes to see it bloom this year. Yesterday I also put two coldframes on two blocks of hybrid tazettas planted to fit the coldframes; some of the foliage on them is about 6-8″ high. It’s almost December and we have yet to have a hard freeze.
    I will have to remember to borrow the digital infrared thermometer from work when things start to bloom.
    Becky Fox Matthews that daffy girl near Nashville
    — Becky Fox Matthews Educator/Special Projects Manager Adventure Science Center
    2nd Vice President American Daffodil Society, Inc. Middle Tennessee Daffodil Society