Jack and Cedric

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Thu, 08 Jan 2004 07:23:59 PST
Hope this isn't a duplicate as I tried this yesterday too.

Dear All;
        For years our good friend Jack Elliot would extoll the
earliness of the miniature daffodil 'Cedric Morris'. I never got
around to begging a bulb from Jack before he became unavailable, but
I did find a source 2 years ago. As Jack said, it is the earliest
hardy narcissus.
        We had a fairly mild December and the bulbs came up with well
formed leaves and buds. It even got close to 70 degrees on Jan 1, but
the forecast look bad so I covered the now small clump with a plastic
bell jar. Today-even after -2F and two inches of ice on the bell jar
the bulbs are blooming. Tomorrow is supposed to be near 40F- the
first day above freezing in 5 days and I expect a couple more buds to
open. Last year it bloomed in Feb also well before any other
Narcissus here.

        Thanks Jack for promoting 'Cedric Morris' and now it also
helps to remind me of your bulb wisdom. Having a blooming Daffodil in
January or even February in Zone 5 is wonderful!

        Best    Jim W.

Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
E-fax  419-781-8594

Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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