Margaret Macneale, Minnesota

Mystery in forced pot from garden store

March 31, 2017
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I always get desperate for bloom by this time in Minnesota’s winter, so I bought a pot at the garden store.  I assumed it would be the usual Tete-a-Tete pot.  However the tag said “Baby Boomer” — then it bloomed and it is clearly NOT Baby Boomer!  So, what is it?  It does not look like a miniature to me.  Most blooms are 2 1/2″ across.  Any ideas?   No matter what it will go out in the garden eventually.  Margaret Macneale

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6 Responses to Mystery in forced pot from garden store

  1. David Adams, New Zealand
    March 31, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    Tongue in cheek. It doesn’t look virussed so it can’t be Tete a Tete!

  2. Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    Clay Higgins, New Jersey
    April 1, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Looks like Carlton

  3. Margaret Macneale, Minnesota
    Margaret Macneale, Minnesota
    April 1, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Two suggestions (Carlton and Rijnveld’s Early Sensation) both have petals paler than the corona.  This pot has a uniform shade of yellow.  Also, I would guess these blooms are Div 2, though close to Div 1.  Thanks for the suggestions, folks.  If anyone else has an idea, I’d be happy to hear.  Otherwise, it will be another mystery in my garden, good for bouquets for my mother-in-law and friends.  Thanks again.

  4. Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    Mary Lou Gripshover, Ohio
    April 1, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Ii would say ‘Carlton’, especially if it’s Div. 2.  ‘Carlton’ is widely grown in Holland.

  5. Margaret Macneale, Minnesota
    Margaret Macneale, Minnesota
    April 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    I’m embarrassed – I looked at the pot a lot more closely, in better (natural) light.  Kirby Fong was right – it is indeed Rijnveld’s Early Sensation.  It is two-tone yellow, and right on the edge of Div 1 & 2.  Everything else fits with the DaffSeek description (including ‘dwarf’).  It’s not Carlton — I grow it and it’s not that.  I’m going with RES for ID in the garden.  Thanks, folks.  I’ll do a better job of observing and describing in the future.

    Margaret Macneale

  6. Keith Kridler, Texas
    Keith Kridler, Texas
    April 2, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Daffodils grown in pots and available commercially in the USA have almost certainly been through a hot water treatment. These pots of bulbs will be growing in a soilless planting mix with very few added plant nutrients available to these flower bulbs. Grown under controlled light, controlled heat and or cooling and these flowers will not be blooming at the same time next year. Size, color and form of these flowers will vary significantly in the next two to even three years after you plant them in your soils and in your climate. If you think this is RES, if possible plant these bulbs in a similar location to any RES that you have already growing. Over the next two years, if these bulbs produce blooms at nearly the same time as RES and they look the same in future years then as far as size, color, shape and form you have the best chance of getting a positive ID on this pot of bulbs.

    Margaret, by posting this photo and asking a simple question has allowed everyone on this list to pause, if only for a moment, giving us a chance to enjoy the intrinsic beauty of a common yellow daffodil from a by gone era! The simple beauty of any flower is what makes it stand out in any particular location, in a set time and space. Beauty of a flower is not enhanced by any name! Daffodil blooms are timeless! If they were unusual enough, pretty enough to be named, or they stood out in a field of daffodils, worthy of being shared with other folks, hardy enough to multiply and survive the decades their blooms have not changed in spite of being burdened with a name. Keith Kridler  title=