Early Daffodills and now

James Waddick jwaddick@kc.rr.com
Mon, 26 Mar 2007 11:05:59 PDT
Dear Friends,
	I can repeat most of Judy's comments.

	'Cedric Morris' is very early, very cute. It has bloomed as 
early as Dec/Jan here, but eventually needs a bell jar or other 
protection from very cold weather.
	'Rynveld's Early Sensation' is also reliably early, but can 
get zapped by hard frosts. This year only 1/2 or so are blooming 
well, lots of damage.

	I think there's a number of other good 'early' daffodils. I 
have one called "Early to Rise' that's a full size cup and 'Quail' is 
sometimes early (not this year - barely started to show color). 
Surely we have some daffodil-istas who can name a few reliable early 
cvs. (Dave K?).

	Like so many plant groups, it is a good idea to select early 
and late blooming cultivars to spread out the season. There's always 
a few at both extremes that can give you 5 or 6 weeks of flowers 
instead of one or two.

	Two worth mentioning that are giving a good show right now are

	'Ceylon' a Div 2 with lemony petals contrasting nicely a 
cheery orange cup.

	'Gigantic Star' (Div 1?) (With this name it ought to be) said 
to be one of the largest cvs to 22 inches and 4 inch flowers. Not 
quite that here, but still impressively large, vigorous and 
floriferous. Solid yellow flowers in mass.

	But I always look forward to last year's 'new' cvs I haven't 
grown or bloomed yet.  and those oddities like 'Xit', 'Chit Chat' 
etc. So many daffodils, so much fun.

		best		Jim W.
Dr. James W. Waddick
8871 NW Brostrom Rd.
Kansas City Missouri 64152-2711
Ph.    816-746-1949
Zone 5 Record low -23F
	Summer 100F +

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