] Any Narcissus lovers here?

Vlad Hempel via pbs pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net
Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:55:10 PDT
Jane, do you grow any tazetta hybrids? I wonder how they perform in


On Thu 22. Apr 2021 at 19:50 Jane McGary via pbs <
pbs@lists.pacificbulbsociety.net> wrote:

> Like Carlos, I am interested mostly in wild taxa and their natural
> hybrids. I grow Narcissus from wild-collected seed whenever I can get
> it. Some in my collection were sown in the 1990s. I am sometimes at a
> loss to know how to name them, owing to the fact that there are
> competing sets of nomenclature, with the usual divide between "lumpers"
> and "splitters," as well as disagreement on the affinities among
> different wild populations. I just keep the identifications under which
> I got the seed, unless I can clearly tell that it's wrong by all accounts.
> I live in the maritime Pacific Northwest in the Portland, Oregon, area,
> which is very good for growing almost all kinds of Narcissus in the open
> garden. Only the fall- and midwinter-flowering ones have to be kept
> under cover. It's cold enough in the winter to suit species from higher
> elevations, and dry enough in summer to please Mediterranean plants in
> general. I've moved some of the larger, more prolific species into the
> garden in separate areas. We've just had a terrible hot, dry week or so,
> and the flowers have all suffered, but there are still some nice groups
> of Narcissus carrying on. Narcissus poeticus is one of the later
> species. There are good groups of Narcissus jonquilla and species
> related to it, such as N. cordubensis and N. fernandesii, and I confess
> I can't really tell them apart except perhaps on the basis of the
> foliage. In a raised bed and a bulb lawn, the small species N. rupicola
> and N. calcicola flourish. N. triandrus grows in several sites but I
> think it's best on a cool rock garden.
> I also have a lot of commercial hybrid daffodils in a strip along the
> roadside. They make a useful display and source of cutflowers, and my
> theory is that they will decoy the bulb fly away from the precious
> species. I haven't seen any signs of virus in these purchased bulbs, but
> in a former garden I once received some bulbs of 'Quail' that were
> clearly virus-infected.
> Jane McGary, Portland, Oregon, USA
> On 4/22/2021 5:25 AM, Carlos Jiménez via pbs wrote:
> > Hi, me. Mostly interested on wild taxa and hybrids.
> >
> > Carlos
> >
> >
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