John McLennan, New Zealand

More early multiheads .

June 24, 2014
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Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Daffodil Types

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The  market  season  here  starts  with  the  early  tazettas  ,  paperwhites    and  other  forms  of  these  very  fragrant  multis  .  The  newer  forms  ,  the  superb  Tahi  and Toru  from  the  Hamilton / Welch   breeding  have  had  excellent  market  reception  and  are  now  well  finished  in  our  area  . Erlicheer  , – always  a  good  seller  with  it,s strong  fragrance  ,  is now  moving  nicely  .

WHITE  PEARL

WHITE PEARL

WHITE  PEARL   sporting  fromERLICHEER .

WHITE PEARL sporting fromERLICHEER .

Every  season  I  find  a  few  WHITE  PEARL – ,   a  recognised  sport  of  Erlicheer  ,  flowering  amongst  the  Cheer  . It  is  never  the same  plants  ,  and  is  always  from  a  clump  of  established  Cheer  . Others  have  isolated  these  sports  and  have  stable  lines  of  White  Pearl  .

EMERALD  MONARCH .

EMERALD MONARCH .

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EMERALD  MONARCH   8W – GW  , is  another  very  earlyflower  from  John  Hunter  . It  is  from  GRAND  MONARQUE  –  X  –  EMERALD  SEA .The  characteristics  tend  towards  the  tazetta  influence  and  John  has  registered  it  as  a  Div 8  .It  has  an  absolutely  delightful  fragrance  ,  sweet  and not overpowering .

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LIMEQUILLA – X – EMERALD SEA JAH 31 / 96

 

 

 

 

JAH  31 / 96  ,  Limequilla  – x – Emerald  Sea    is  another  with  a  mixed  pedigree  ,  but  two  lines  of  Jonquilla  influence  mean  it should  be  coded  7 W – GWW .  The  background  to  this fine  flower  shows  a  few  other  John  Hunter  early  seedlings  and  a  very  tidy  garden  .The  pegs  are  all  very  neat    and  this scene  will  recall  happy  and  enjoyable  times  to  many  visitors  who  have  enjoyed  the  Hunter  hospitality  and  flowers .

4 responses to “More early multiheads .”

  1. Bill Carter, Washington Bill Carter, Washington says:

    Makes me want to take another trip to NZ.  One of my best vacations ever.    Really enjoyed all the daffodil breeders Teri and I met.

     

  2. Bill Welch, California says:

    Hi John,
    Glad you are doing well with sales of Tahi and Toru.  I have countless clones of that size in various colors now.  Their polyploidy gives them great size of cluster and stem/plant for picking.   I have some seeds of this same early polyploid breeding that I would like to send you.  Also seeds of colorful fertile tetraploid poetaz that I have developed. 

    If you would like some, please remind me of your address!  I have had good success sending seeds legally to your country. 

    I recall your reference to the Chinese Sacred Lily (N tazetta var chinensis) a few years back.  Contrary to all published info from Chinese research institutions etc., it is NOT sterile, I have found I can get seed from it, actually surprisingly easy, the only obstacle is waiting for temperatures of 80 degrees F or above (DRY conditions, offshore wind flow so none of the usual heavily moisture laden ocean influence) and then repollinating it 3 days in succession, using other tazettas especially polyploids.  It is definitely more warm-climate loving even above and beyond other tazettas, as I have a friend who grows them very successfully in Oaxaca, Mexico, where other tazettas I have given him like Erlicheer have failed.  He says they are vastly bigger plants in all respects than here, with immense broad leaves, stems twice as tall as here and up to 15 flowers per stem!  They flower there in summer, June-August, as that it is their rainy season.   As they came from me I know the i.d.is correct.  
    I have a colchicine-induced hexaploid conversion of CSL which I crossed pollen from onto Autumn Colors.  There are 3-4 clones all making fertile pollen and setting some seed.   
    Doing all I can to breed its unique and outstanding fragrance into other tazettas!

  3. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    Bill,

    Autumn colours from seed you sent some years ago are bringing great winter pleasure at our place. Mostly Y-R and W-Y with up to five florets per stem.

    Dave

     

  4. Bill Welch, California says:

    Dave, If you want the two types of seeds offered above, give me your address again as there are plenty for all!