John McLennan, New Zealand

Daff People.

July 30, 2012

Categories: Daffodil Enthusiasts, General, Growing Daffodils, Hybridizing, Seedling

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Hi Daffnetters, We usually start the season on daffnet with photos of the amazing, very early Max Hamilton Tazetta 8 W – Y, Toru. Photos are usually on daffnet , April, May. The growth on this line of tazettas that Max has left us is amazing. The tops are still growing strongly as top NDS exhibitor John Hollever stretches them to well over a metre..

Yours truly, usually rather camera shy, with a bunch of an early double, 4Y – Y, August Ace, running to time and starting to pick this week. I,m very pleased with this line of early doubles – I,m in the middle of 2 rather long and thick rows. Robin Hill had not seen these before, I think he was surprised and impressed that they were only 1993 seedlings. They sell well for me in Wellington and Graham Phillips in Auckland, in late July and August, when there are few other early doubles around.

Cheers John.

5 responses to “Daff People.”

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

    John, a very nice double! (Seedling JFM 08 – 10) Gorgeous white, Canisp line from John Hunter, too!  I hope some daffs will still be in bloom for the NZ tour. I’m looking forward to spring in NZ!

    Becky Fox Matthews,
    that daffy girl near Nashville

  2. Peter and Lesley Ramsay says:

    Hi Becky,

    Yes there will be! While the season is ahead of last year, 2011 was a very late season. We currently have six flowers in bloom so that leaves about 7,000 to come!!

    Looking forward to seeing you in Hamilton.



  3. David Adams says:
    Hi Folks,
    Firstly Becky needn’t worry about flowers for the shows. Most of mine are not through the ground yet. We have the same seasonal variations as you have in the USA. My peak season is usually the first week in October well after most of you will have returned home.
    Yesterday I spent $230 on slug bait as I had noted plenty of the beasties in the patch. I did not spread the bait because of impending rain. It rained heavily and my daffodil patch is now a lake with drowned slugs all over the place. What a waste of $230 when nature can take its own control.
  4. Peter and Lesley Ramsay says:

    Hi David

    Don’t worry. They have back up!



  5. David Adams says:
    Yeah, thanks Lesley, but the back up was not what I expected. The surface water attracted a dozen pukekos who have spent the day pulling out labels and nipping off any shoots or buds that were through the ground. Some people just can’t win.
    Fewer cheers,