More fall planting

November 14, 2009

Categories: Bulb Information, Growing Daffodils, Planting, Soil

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George Dorner, President of the ADS, paid a visit to the shop I work in yesterday. He brought “POPS Legacy” bulbs, an elegant 1 W-Y daffodil discovered in New Zealand by Phil Phillips, domesticated and named by Dr. William Bender in 1985. It is worth a look at the several photos on DaffSeek. I helped him with a computer question at the store, and he lavishly overpaid for my assistance with ten of these lovely bulbs, which I planted this morning in Wilmette, IL.
Eight of the bulbs now rest on a bed of peat moss about 3″ underground in a small group between two small birch trees in the west garden; the other two found a home in a container filling with potting soil near the patio.
When the spring snow clears, and shortly after crocuses appear, I plan to photograph these gems and send in the pictures to the Midwest Daffodil Society and ADS.
David Jewell

One response to “More fall planting”

  1. George Dorner says:

    There’s more to the story. The bulbs dug for our  MDS sale reposed on  my back porch all summer. Occasionally I would clean and bag some and set them aside along the wall of my garage. Last week, while cleaning the garage, I found a big bag of small bags of POPS Legacy which somehow didn’t make it to the final labeling and to the sale. By now, it’s getting cold – we tell folks to get them  in the ground by Halloween.

    We left yesterday  for a jazz cruise – no time to do much with these bulbs, and I couldn’t stand the idea of one of my favorites not getting in the ground. A couple of hours before we left I dropped bags of POPS Legacy in  the mail to several of our most active members of the MDS. My first bulb of POPS L. came from Richard Ezell out of the blue when I was very new to the ADS. David Jewell is our newest member of the Midwest Daffodil Society. I hope his bulbs (and mine) multiply and end up in the gardens of other new daffodil fanciers.

    Typed next to a pool in Miami, awaiting boarding the ship and a week of excellent music.

    George Dorner