John McLennan, New Zealand

2013 Almost the last .

October 22, 2013

Categories: Daffodil Types, Standards

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The  daffs  have  almost  finished  for  another  season  , but  found a  big  handfull of some  very  late blooms .All  three  varieties  are  from  Brian  Duncan  and are very  late  here in  Otaki. The  days are  lengthening  —  8 pm  sunsets now  and  the  equinoctial winds   have  been  sweeping  the  country  and  the  last  of  the South  Island  blooms will also be  over  as they  have  had  strong  and  warm  N Westers  that  make  the  blooms  burst  out. We  start  a  month  or  two  ahead  of  them  but  finish  at  similar  times. EYRIE     3W - YP IMG_7665


EYRIE  is  an attractive  rimmed  pink  smallcup.




EYELET         3W - YP IMG_7653 EYELET  is  another  late  pink, —  more  red  pink  tones on  openning;  hard  to  get  a  circular  cup  but  very  attractive.




BURNING  BUSH          3Y - O IMG_7646BURNING  BUSH  is very  late  for  a  redcup;  big  flowers  on  strong  stems  after  good  recent  rains. Nice  flowers  to  finish   the  season  with.




Still  a  few  photos  and  show  results  in  store  to  post  when  time  permits  but  nothing  left  in  the  garden.Waiting  for  the  Northern  flowers;  possibly  tazettas  from  Southern  California soon? The  first  seedpods  have  been  collected  and  many  others  slowly  browning  off  as  the  seasonal  cycle  continues.

3 Responses to 2013 Almost the last .

  1. Leslie Ramsay, New Zealand
    Leslie Ramsay, New Zealand
    October 23, 2013 at 4:55 pm

    We too are all but finished – a few pink seedlings and the occasional 2YR.  Foliage is still very green but with long warm days it will soon die down,.  Our imports from the Northern Hemisphere are also on the way down – good foliage suggests that the bulbs are almost turned around.  There is still colour in our garden – roses are just starting, rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom.  It won’t be long for Northern Hemisphere flowers start to appear on Daffnet.


    All the best to everyone,


    Peter and Lesley



  2. David Adams, New Zealand
    October 24, 2013 at 11:55 am

    Here we are almost into November and I was amazed yesterday to find Sundisc just opening. Growing with all my other miniatures flowers of Clare died off two weeks ago, Bebop is nearly finished and now Sundisc. Its nice to see colour in the shade house though.

    I’m off to Brisbane today for Laura-Janes 21st. As she is also pregnant and we will become Great Grand parents soon it appears that we are getting old.


  3. Leslie Ramsay, New Zealand
    Leslie Ramsay, New Zealand
    October 24, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    Hi Everyone,

    You all may have noticed that Nancy and Ben have put an Avatar (new word to me) on our last posting.  The flower is “Lesley” – what else could I put up!!  When receiving the Barr Cup in England earlier this year I made it clear that Lesley was 50% plus of our bulb operation.  As we moved around the English Shows it was clear that our daffodil friends recognised this which was just great,  Re my earlier post – the daffs are not quite over – found a lovely bloom on Sheelagh Rowan  which is still there at the top of 2WW’s.  In the past I have made many crosses with it seeking better late flowering whites.  Not one have been worth naming!  A look at Daffseek reveals that only one variety has been named with Sheelagh in its background.

    David – don’t worry you are only as old as you feel.  I must say that lifting bulbs will demonstrate how old we are – it gets harder every year.  We,too have a 21 year old daughter but I don;t think babies are in her immedate plans – hope not anyway!