John McLennan, New Zealand

2019 Season Early Interests .

June 13, 2019

Categories: Autumn Blooming Daffodils, Daffodil Types, General, Winter Blooming Daffodils

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We  are  about  a  week before  the  shortest  day  ;  we  have  had  a  few  cold  southerly  fronts  pass  through  but  the  autumn  has  been  warm  and  a  little dry .I  have  almost  finished  marketing  the  early  tazettas  and  paperwhites  and  the  standards  ,  early  trumpets  and  redcup  are  now  being  marketed  and  the  doubles  are  not  far  away .

I  enjoy  the  variation  in  the  variety  that  are  emerging  and  flowering  presently .An  interesting  habit  of  several  early  seedlings  is  that  the  flower  stem  and  bud  emerge  before  or at  the  same time  as  the  leaves .  Also  emerging  currently  are  a  few    with  strong  growth  that  will  not  flower  for  another  7 – 8  weeks .  As  a  commercial  grower ,  virtually  all  the  weed  control  is  chemical  and  knowing  the  different  emerging  times is  essential  to  prevent  giving  them  an  unwelcome   dose .  I  feel  we  have  to  grow  a  new  variety  , or  seedling  for  several  years  and  lifting  cycles  before  we  understand  their  habits .Here  is  a  little  of  the  mix .

First  Red    2Y – O .  Always  one  of  the first  standards  to  flower  ;  always  has  a  lot  of  stems  and  buds  up  before  the  foliage. On  the  odd  flower ,  stems  are  12 inches  or more  before the  leaves  arrive .




Kickstart    2Y – O   Very  similar  timing as  First  Red  and  similar  growth  habits  –  a  very  good  flower rate  on  this  3  year down  block .




Kickstart  seedlings    These  are  5  year  olds  ,  second  year  in  the  ground from  poly  trays .  Pleased  to  see  that  quite a  few  will be early  ;  also  have  the  bud  before  leaf  habit





Daves  Eye   1Y – Y  ,  Unnamed   seedling ,  a  few  sent under  number  to  David  Adams  and  it’s  strong  habits  caught  his  eye .  Leaves  through before  buds ,  good growth  and  flowering now  . What  I  would call  a  ” normal ”  emergence .



Kapiti  Talisman  and  Kapiti  Kauri  ,  both  very  vigorous  tazettas .  I now plant  them  with  the  first emergers ; have  been  caught out a  few  times  before  I  realised  they  were problem  children .  Very  strong  tops  already  but  not  expecting  flowers  until  early – mid  August .




Emerald  Monarch  8W – G  ,  a very  attractive  and  fragrant  Emerald  Sea  seedling  from  John  Hunter .  Leaves  are  through  first  but  the  stems  and  buds  race  up  very  quickly . Love  the  sweet  fragrance  and  green  throat .




Early  Orbit    4Y – O  ,  Usually  the  first  double  , should  be  on  schedule  for  late  June .  Leaves  through  first  but  big buds  follow soon  after  .



A  friend  that  has been  around  the  garden  for  a  few  seasons

.  A black  and  white  Blackbird ,  mostly  on  the  left  ide . seems  to  be  well  accepted  by  his/ her  mates .

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3 Responses to 2019 Season Early Interests .

  1. Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    Becky Fox Matthews, Tennessee
    June 13, 2019 at 5:47 am

    Love the green cupped tazetta! Thanks for the “off season” (for us) daffodils.

  2. Margaret Seconi, New Zealand
    Margaret Seconi, New Zealand
    June 14, 2019 at 2:02 am

    Love the Emerald Monarch Tazetta. Your comments are very timely John, as I was looking at my Tazettas today and noticed the variety of leaf length and bud growth too. Thankyou

  3. Denise and Neil McQuarrie, New Zealand
    June 20, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Thank you for the photos John, it is interesting to see what is happening in other parts of the country. I like Emerald Monarch too, mine little clump has the buds just emerging through the ground with the foliage about three inches tall.