Narcissus Périgord / Baths Flame

Wed, 27 Mar 2013 11:15:16 PDT
Dear All ,
Yes these are very old stalwarts!
They can be found in many an unexpected place.
Gardeners grow tired of cultivars that are good plants even so.
How many times have enthusiasts rescued good garden plants from oblivion?
Old Narcissi are now making a comeback.
More and more real gardeners are realising there charm and grace.
WWII was responsible in Europe for many of the old narcissi being thrown out as commercial crops.
Potatoes took there place but the narcissi held good around ther field edges and adjoining woodlands.
Old graveyards sometimes still have good plantings of them too.
Their story is much like the old roses.
'Baths Flame' was grown as a cut flower before WWII on a large scale in Cornwall according to some of the old timers I met there a few years ago.

> Message du 27/03/13 18:50
> De : "Rodger Whitlock" 
> A : "Pacific Bulb Society" 
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> Objet : Re: [pbs] Narcissus Perigord
> On 27 Mar 2013, at 8:35, Bulborum Botanicum wrote:
> > The problem is that these are collected in the wild They look very much like
> > Narcissus 'Baths Flame' maybe a natural hybrid or a garden escape ? 
> The bon mot is "feral", daffodils that have escaped from cultivation and now 
> grow and thrive without human involvement as though they were wild.
> Quite common around Victoria BC. N. 'Barrii Conspicuus' grows alongside my long 
> driveway, but I didn't plant it there. A modern narcissus cultivar that may be 
> heading in this direction is 'Tete a tete', widely sold in pots for early 
> spring color, then simply dumped any old place.
> Indeed, many old, famous cultivars are long gone but hang on as ferals.
> -- 
> Rodger Whitlock
> Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
> Z. 7-8, cool Mediterranean climate
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