Maryland update

Jim McKenney
Thu, 01 Mar 2007 08:22:25 PST
Thanks for the North Carolina update, Jay!

As a matter of fact, I was browsing the wiki last week and noticed your new
Narcissus images before you announced them. They are very colorful, much
more so than the same cultivars as I grow them here. The temperature perhaps
explains that - by the time these bloom here we are generally getting days
with temps up into the 70s and even briefly 80s F. 

Years ago I had a sort of daffodil epiphany as I was helping at a big
daffodil show. I was assigned to assist an important exhibitor who had flown
in from the UK with a suitcase full of daffodils in bloom. I'll never forget
the scene when she opened the suitcase: she was surrounded by experienced
growers and exhibitors, and to the last one they let out gasps of surprise
and amazement - and, no doubt, dismay as they mentally compared their own
relatively puny daffs to those in that suitcase. The size and color were
amazing: I've never seen locally grown daffodils so big, so vividly colored,
so seemingly fat and sassy.

At that time, my own daffodil growing experience had made me very skeptical
of the photographs in daffodil catalogs: my daffodils never had the vivid
colors shown there. Seeing the daffodils in that suitcase made me a believer
- although it didn't do a thing to improve my home-grown plants.

And isn't Veronica 'Georgia Blue' an amazing color! It's great with anything
yellow or red, and luckily very easy - a great companion plant for many

Jim McKenney
Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where Narcissus cantabricus
"clusii type" is beginning to open.

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