Thursday, April 8, 2010


Narcissus minor

narcissus bulbocodium

Narcissus 'Topolino'

The Narcissus in the greenhouse has finished blooming and now are setting seed in a quite corner. But in the garden, the blooming season is just starting, in the front I grow mostly N. cyclameneus hybrids, the first to bloom are 'Tete a Tete' and 'Topolino' and soon they will be joined by 'Jetfire' and by the jonquille 'Dicksissel'.
In the back garden I try to grow species Narcissus and have had some success with N. minor (pictured here with a Canadian Dollar coin) and N. bulbocodium, however I'm a bit disappointed that the N. cyclameneus which I've grown from seed hasn't flowered, perhaps it will later or maybe next year. I am not sure either about the N.pseudonarcissus I planted last Fall, of the 25 bulbs only 8 have appeared so far, but at least these are about to flower.


kilbournegrove said...

Tete a Tete is also the first Daff to flower for me. Hopefully, when I visit on the weekend, there will be more in store.

Edith Hope said...

Dear Barry, Your choice of Narcissus to grow in your glasshouse and in the open ground is perfect. I do so love the smaller species which always appear to look more natural to me as opposed to those with giant heads.

I am sorry that you have had some set backs and hope all will come well in due course.

Barry Parker said...

Hi Deborah,
This sudden cold spell will slow things down a bit, but I'm sure there will be more to see when you visit. I hope my Galanthus 'floro plena' won't look to mundane now that you have one of the Greaterex hybrids. Very curious to know your source, by the way.

Barry Parker said...

Dear Edith,
So glad you like my choice of Narcissus. The smaller hybrids seem much more in scale in city gardens and the are certainly more refined than the "giant heads'.
As for my set-backs, although I won't achieve that host of mini golden daffodils, I will have the chance to see N. pseudonarcissus come into bloom.

Is the Wiz said...

N. pseudonarcissus is a great favourite of mine, I'm looking forward to your pictures and I'm intrigued to hear of you growing from seed. When did you sow?

Barry Parker said...

Hello Iz,
The only Narcissus I've grown from seed has been N. cyclamineus. I was hoping it would be mature enough to bloom this year, but so far no luck. I planted 25 bulbs of N. pseudonarcissus last Autumn and they are coming up but only 8 have broken the surface so far. Maybe I am being too impatient.

bre said...

... glad you mentioned the 'dollar coin' ... I thought 'big-headed' Narcissus had found itself beside a mirrored pool

Barry Parker said...

Dear Garden Bre,
As you well know, scale is everything.

Chandramouli S said...

Oh, the Narcissus! Don't you love Spring for their arrival! Only I never get to see them in my garden :( But am content seeing them in blogland, until I find a source where I can buy 'em here.

Barry Parker said...

Hello Chandramouli,

Glad you like Narcissus. Is it possible to grow them in Chennai?