John McLennan, New Zealand

YELLOW GOLD , very early Yellow Trumpet .

July 25, 2014
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The  market  season  has  already  finished  for  one  of  the  earliest  Kiwi  cutflower  growers  . Most  N Z show  exhibitors  will  be  watching  the  noses  push  through  and  a  few buds  slowly  emerging  as  spring  arrives  .  The  season  is  all  but  over  for  the  growers  of  Yellow  Gold  ,always  one  of  the  first  Kiwi  flowers  on  the  market  . DAFFNET  has good  details of  the  history  of  this  large  [  by  N Z  standards  ]  cutflower  business  in  Muhunoa  East  ,  just  south  of  Levin   .The  season  starts  early ,  Mid – late  May  ,  usually  peaks  Mid  June  and  is usually  over  by  late  July  . Northern  growers  may  think  of  this  as  a  daff  crop  that  peaks  about  the  shortest  day  —  daffs  always  for  Christmas  . The  flowers  are  always  picked  in  tight  bud  and  are  marketed  mainly  in  Wellington  and  Auckland  .The buds  travel  well  ,  always  open  fully    but  the  flower  is obviously  not  as large as  a  bloom  would  be  if  it  was  left  to  develop  even  a  day  or  two  longer  on  the  plant  .  Here  are  a  few  pics  ,  taken  in  June   2009  season  .

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YELLOW GOLD

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YELLOW  GOLD   --  picked  in  tight  bud  , --  but  they  always  open .

YELLOW GOLD — picked in tight bud , — but they always open .

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YELLOW  GOLD  ,    a  big  early cropper  .

YELLOW GOLD , a big early cropper .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It  is  understood  that  Yellow  Gold  bulbs  were  exported  to  Canada  and  Holland  , a  few seasons  back  but  no  details  of  their  overseas  performance  are  available  and  unfortunately  the  original  property  developer  and  his  exporter  have both  since  died  .The  bulbs  were reportedly  sent  to  Vantreight  Farms  ,  very  big  organic  farmers  ,  on  the  Saanich  Peninsula,  Vancouver  ,  Canada  . Vantreights  are  big  daffodil  growers  and  on  their  website  have  a good  set  of  photos  showing  daff  flowers  opening  from  bud  .  they  obviously  market  in tight  bud  as  Yellow  Gold  do  and  they  show  a  few  varieties  ,  including  both   Carlton  and  Tamara  performing   the  magic  of  spring  .  Well  worth  a  look  on       www.daffodil.com      And  how  quick  were  they  of the  mark  to  get  such  a  covetted    website  name  .  Photos  for  Daffnet  please  Nancy  .

 

One response to “YELLOW GOLD , very early Yellow Trumpet .”

  1. David Adams, New Zealand says:

    John,

    Your First Kiwi is just opening here, along with a 2Y-R seedling of yours. The flower market must be loving these winter flowering standard cultivars. I have never before had standard daffodils that flower in July, normally our coldest month.

    Dave