Hello Fellow Gardeners!

Do you love daffodils? I do. They don't offer the colour range of other bulbs like tulips but they are so easy to grow and they bulk up quickly and reliably for years and years of easy colour and beauty in the spring garden.

In particular I love the white Narcissus or those with pale yellow or creams. I find them so elegant. But every once in a while I love one in screaming yellow. There's no missing its display on a cool spring day!

We are excited to offer a selection of rare and unusual cultivars this year. Learn more about our Narcissus below.

Enjoy!

Cheers, Gary and the Phoenicians

 

 

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The Elegance and Ease of Narcissus
Daffodils are the perfect pest-resistant bulbs with vigour and toughness

Narcissus represent one of the most important components of the spring bulb garden. They do not offer the range of colours of the world's most popular bulb, the tulip, yet they have many other desirable and useful attributes.


Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring'

As for colours, the palette for the daffodils is somewhat limited to white, cream, all shades of yellow, green, pink, orange, and peach. Even with this limited colour range there are daffodils for many situations. The cultivars that offer pure white or pale yellow shades have a quiet elegance perfect for sophisticated or relaxing plantings. The cultivars in shades of pale yellow, pink and peach are great for combining with other pastel shades for a lush, warm and demure effect in the garden. The cultivars with bright orange and screaming yellow flowers are not for everyone but they are oh so good with brightly coloured tulips and will surely announce to the world that spring has definitely arrived.

Narcissus also come in varying heights with different sizes and shapes of flowers. Plant height can vary from short little alpines to boisterously tall garden trumpets. The central corona can be small and round, it can be elongated like a trumpet, or it can be large and flared. Some even have split coronas which give the flowers a full and ruffly double look.


Narcissus 'Bath's Flame'

The daffodils have other attributes going for them. They are deer, squirrel, raccoon, and rabbit resistant as these garden critters don't seem to care for them they way they do the delectable tulips. Daffodils are also extremely easy to grow in full or part sun. They will usually persist for years and years with clumps getting bigger and fuller with time.

Daffodils can also be grown in a range of garden situations. They love the front of the border or they can be planted in the middle or the back of the border between late-emerging perennials. They are also excellent candidates for containers where they can remain happy for years.

We are excited to offer a diverse range of rare and unusual Narcissus cultivars for you this year. Here they are:

Narcissus 'Bath's Flame' - Narcissus 'Bath's Flame' has primrose yellow flowers and a shallow cup edged in glowing orange. This pre-1913 hybrid of Rev. Engelheart was common at the height of the Cornish cut flower trade and shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, and these have stood the test of time. Narcissus 'Dreamlight' - Narcissus 'Dreamlight' is an heirloom circa 1934 with broad, champagne white petals, a small yellow cup and green eye with a narrow band of orange at the rim. This 'Poeticus' look alike shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, these have stood the test of time.
Narcissus 'Green Eyed Lady' - Narcissus 'Green Eyed Lady' is free-flowering with broad creamy petals that mature to clear white, small cups and a green eye. Lightly scented, this is a 2013 Brent Heath hybrid. Daffodils are easygoing, disease and pest resistant. Narcissus 'Jenny' - Narcissus 'Jenny' is an elegant Cyclamineus type daffodil with one foot tall stems bearing small flowers in early spring with white reflexed tepals blown backwards as if in a gale with long, narrow, yellow coronas that slowly fade to cream. The flowers are fragrant.
Narcissus 'Mrs Langtry' - Narcissus 'Mrs Langtry' has elegant, twisted white petals with pale, lemon yellow cups that can age to cream. It is an historical daffodil hybridized pre-1869 by W. Backhouse and shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars. Like other daffodils in the large cupped group, it is vigorous. Daffodils are disease and pest resistant, and these have stood the test of time. Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring' - Narcissus 'Raspberry Ring' is a large cupped daffodil with lovely, white petals and yellow cups, green at the base, and rimmed in fantastic raspberry red. Like others in the large cupped group, they are showy and vigorous. Narcissus are disease and pest resistant.
Narcissus 'Sinopel' - Narcissus 'Sinopel' has flat, ivory flowers maturing to creamy yellow and a shallow cup that changes from yellow in cool weather to green as temperatures warm. This 1976 hybrid has a spicy fragrance. Daffodils are pest and disease resistant. Narcissus 'Telamonius Plenus' - Narcissus 'Telamonius Plenus' is a very unusual, very antique daffodil with doubling that can be highly variable. Opinion is divided on whether a single bulb will produce different looking flowers depending on conditions. It was illustrated in Parkinson's 1629 Paradisius as Master Wilmer's Great Double Daffodil, and probably of Dutch garden origin, going by the name 'Van Sion' in Holland. It shares with other historical daffodils an elegance and informal sensibility leading to a resurgence of interest in old cultivars.
Narcissus bulbocodium 'Diamond Ring' - Narcissus bulbocodium is a unique species with a lovely corona and small, much reduced tepals providing a distinctive look amongst daffodils. 'Diamond Ring' has rich yellow flowers in early to mid spring. Use it at the front of the border, in rock gardens and in containers. A native of the Iberian Peninsula and nearby areas of France. Narcissus bulbocodium 'Spoirot' - Narcissus bulbocodium is a unique species with a lovely, large corona and small, much reduced tepals providing a distinctive look amongst daffodils. 'Spoirot' has delicate, creamy white flowers with yellow stamens in early to mid spring. Use it at the front of the border, in rock gardens and in containers. A native of the Iberian Peninsula and nearby areas of France.
Narcissus cantabricus - Narcissus cantabricus is a rare species classified in the section Bulbocodium and resembles the better-known N. bulbocodium into which it is sometimes placed as a variety. N. cantabricus is a winter or early spring bloomer with large, snow white, "hoop petticoat" flowers and is native to southern Spain, Morocco and Algeria. Plant where the early foliage and flowers have some overhead protection from frost. Narcissus cyclamineus 'Itzim' - This unique species has pendent flowers with long, narrow corona tubes and reflexed tepals providing a delicate and different look from other daffodils. Narcissus 'Itzim' has bright orange coronas and bright yellow tepals. Great for the front of the border, rock gardens, troughs, and other areas in need of small accents. From northwest Portugal and Spain.
Narcissus cyclamineus 'Mite' - Narcissus cyclamineus 'Mite' is a small daffodil with golden yellow flowers in early spring. It's a little bigger than the species, and notable for its lines, the long tube only slightly flared and petals strongly swept back. This unique species provides a delicate and different look from other daffodils. Great for the front of the border, rock gardens, troughs, and other areas in need of small accents. Narcissus cyclamineus 'Trena' - This unique species has pendent flowers with long, narrow corona tubes and reflexed tepals providing a delicate and different look from other daffodils. Narcissus 'Trena' has bright yellow coronas and pure white tepals. Great for the front of the border, rock gardens, troughs, and other areas in need of small accents. From northwest Portugal and Spain.
Narcissus jonquilla 'Blushing Lady' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Blushing Lady' has soft yellow flowers with pink cups, producing 2-3 strongly fragrant flowers per stem. The rosy colour of the cup will fade in full sun. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush. Narcissus jonquilla 'Dickcissel' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Dickcissel' is a floriferous miniature daffodil for late spring with a smallish white corona that bleeds white into the base of the yellow petals. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush.
Narcissus jonquilla 'Lieke' - Narcissus jonquilla 'Lieke' is a floriferous miniature daffodil blooming in April with white flowers, a small primrose yellow cup and green centres. N. jonquilla is a species from Spain and Portugal that has been cultivated since the 1700s for its oil, still a component of many perfumes. It has narrow, rush-like leaves - jonquilla comes from juncus which means rush. Narcissus triandrus 'Petrel' - A delicate, classy and beautiful Narcissus, 'Petrel' has pure white, somewhat reflexed tepals and white to creamy white coronas with multiple flowers (3-5) per stem and a lovely fragrance. From Spain, Portugal and France.

These Narcissus are available now for pre-ordering for pick-up or shipping in late Sept/early October.

Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site to see our full selection of over 200 rare bulbs. Both mail order and local customers should place their orders through our mail order system. Local customers should select the pick up option when checking out. Quantities are limited. Please order early to secure your favourites.

Our selection of rare bulbs will ship or be ready for pick-up in late September or early October, depending on when they arrive from Europe. Some bulbs may arrive later in a second shipment. For local customers, we will email you when it's time to pick up.

For mail order customers we will also email you in advance of shipping. We recommend you place separate orders for plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium as each is ready at different times and we wish to ship when these products are at their freshest. If you place multiple separate orders, put a note to us when you check out about these orders and we will see if we can ship your items together though the default will be to ship separately. If you combine plants, bulbs, and Cypripedium in the same order we will assume you want everything shipped together and will wait until your order is complete, unless there are reasons why we might want to ship ASAP.

Changes from last year:

  • We have made changes that should ensure we receive 90% of our bulbs this year so the majority of your order should be complete. These bulbs are rare for many reasons but mostly because they are slower to bulk up than bulbs that are more commonly available. For this reason, supplies at harvest time can be less than expected and we are usually shorted on some varieties. Please be understanding if we contact you in the fall that some of the bulbs you ordered are not available.
  • We will no longer be processing payment in advance. Payment will be processed just before pick-up or shipping.
  • We have made adjustments to our shipping calculations and packing methods that should decrease shipping costs this year on bulbs.

Ordering: Visit the Rare Bulb Pre-Order on our Phoenix Perennials Mail Order Site for full details. Mail order and local customers should both place your orders through our mail order system. When checking out, local customers should select the pick-up option. Mail order customers should select their preferred shipping method. The minimum order value to place a pre-order for mail order or pick-up is $40. Extra bulbs will be available for sale at Phoenix once pre-orders have been filled. Have fun!

 


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