John McLennan, New Zealand

John Hunter Viridiflorus Seedlings .

June 23, 2014
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Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Daffodil Types, General, Winter Blooming Daffodils

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It  is  still  very  early  in  the  Kiwi  season  but  several  growers  have  a  range  of  Daffs    showing  their  noses  and  flowering  .Northern  growers  may  relate  to  the  earliness  of  the  season  by  placing  these  flowers  as  flowering  just  before  the  shortest  day  ,  —  pre  Christmas  in  your  timing   ,  very  early  in  any  hemisphere  and  an  exceptional  breeding  achievement  .

Just  as  Robin  Hill  has  assembled  a  very  good  collection  of  bulbicodium  and cantabricus  hybrids  ,  John  Hunter  is  flowering  a  large  range  of  seedlings  with  species  viridiflorus  pedigrees  .John  started  working  in  this  field  over  20  years  ago  and  has  a  good  range  of  colours  and  forms  from these  early  crosses .Emerald  Sea  is  the  best  known  ;  , –  here  are  a  few  other  interesting  flowers  .

Loch  Loyal - x - viridiflorus  , JAH  14 / 95 V

Loch Loyal – x – viridiflorus , JAH 14 / 95 V

 

Loch  Loyal - x - viridiflorus     ,  Jah  14 / 95VLoch  Loyal  –  x  –  viridiflorus   has  given   JAH  25 – 90C  , 8 W –  YO  ,  a  tall  stem  and  usually  2 – 3  flowers  per  head  .

8 W - Y  ,  Loch  Loyal - x - viridiflorus .

8 W – Y , Loch Loyal – x – viridiflorus .

Photo 4This  nice  8 W – Y  is  from  the  same  cross  ;  Loch  Loyal  –  x  –  viridiflorus  ,  a  very  attractive  flower  .

3 responses to “John Hunter Viridiflorus Seedlings .”

  1. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    John, maybe you can help. I understand that a plant is classified by the look of the flower but I don’t understand how a cultivar of Loch Loyal (Div 2) crossed by viridiflorus (jonquilla) can be classified as a tazetta even though the flower looks like a tazetta. Is this just a quirk of the classification system?

    I think that the 8W-Y looks a fabulous flower. Is it fragrant?

    Dave

  2. John McLennan, New Zealand John McLennan, New Zealand says:

    Hi  Dave  ,

    My  error  , yes  they  should  be  Div  7  .with  only  the  viridiflorus  influence  .John  Hunter  had  sent  me  the  photos  and the pedigrees  but  he  had  NOT  colour  coded  them  . I  was  sorting  a  few  other  of  his  beautiful  viridiflorus  seedlings  and  was admiring  the  beautiful  8W – GW  W  ,  EMERALD  MONARCH ..I  am  a  great  admirer  of  these  flowers  and  will  post  a  few  more  as they  are  very  early  and  early  flowers  are  a  strong  interest  to  me

    Cheers  John ..

  3. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    Good Morning  John,

    In the US raisers are finding that the viridiflorus seedlings have an extended vase life. As a cut flower grower these seedlings may be very useful to you for sale and for further breeding.

    It would be good if some were flowering late enough for us to see in September.

    Dave