Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Triumphant trumpets!

As I look out to the garden on an overcast day there is nothing better to see than one of my spring triumphs, introducing the Yellow Common Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus).

As is typical of horticulatural terms there is not much common about this beauty.  This species daffodil is generally considered to be the parent of the modern trumpet daffodil, with the ever popular 'King Alfred' cultivar being one of its hybrids.

I chose to grow this daffodil as it is a native species and it also has particular ties to Wales.  I also find a lot of the newer cultivars to be bred within an inch of their lives.  These over engineered monsters tend to be too loud, too tall and most of the time too heavy to even support  themselves.

This daffodil fits in much better with my garden than any cultivar ever could.  Alongside the Viola Odorata and Hellebores it has found its place and also the drift through the bed helps to tie the picture together quite nicely.

I sometimes wonder why our native beauties are passed over for engineered varieties when they are themselves absolutely stunning and fully hardy let alone beneficial to all our native insects.

The display of understated blooms on such a morning makes me so glad that I chose this plant and in future I will look to the native species for inspiration as I feel these really do the garden justice and are in no ways a compromise as the garden only gains further.

There is nothing to be lost from planting native species, I could not recommend it more!


  1. I tend to prefer the natives over their "improved" cultivars too, like primrose, foxglove and verbascum. Wildlife can be more at home on the natives and that's all part of the mix for me too.

  2. Most of the plants in my garden are natives, and yes Narcissus pseudonarcissus is native in Belgium too, so I have them in my garden.
    They have been doing quite well for years, but it is only this year that I discover seedlings in other places in my garden.

    (My other favorite daffodil is Narcissus poeticus... not native, but not cultivated either.)

  3. I love daffodils for the simple reason that they show up first every year (right behind crocus). They puts them pretty high up in my book! Beautiful blooms!

  4. It's very pretty and I like the plant combination you have it with!

  5. It's a pretty Narcissus, and would coordinate well with many spring flowers. I'm still waiting for our spring bulbs to appear, and they're still waiting for the snow to melt.

  6. Ryan-- I'm a lover of daffodils and native species as well! Thanks for stopping by my blog.


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