I am particularly fond of scented daffodils; last year I conducted a Scented Daffodil Trial, to showcase beautiful and enchanting daffodil cultivars, which produce exquisitely fragrant, long lasting flowers.
I’ve been looking forward to sharing the finest performing daffodil cultivars from my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial with you, and as September is a great month to plant daffodil bulbs, this column offered me the perfect opportunity.
Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’
The best performing daffodil cultivar in my trial was Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’. The fifty Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ bulbs that were planted for my trial produced 119 flowering stems, each flowering stem produced an average of 10 flowers, delivering a total of 1190 flowers, creating a show stopping daffodil display which flourished for 34 days!
As well as being the most floriferous, the flowers of Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ were the most highly perfumed flowers of all of the daffodils grown for this trial. Happily, the fragrance that the flowers of Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ produced was as delightful as it was powerful, radiating a sweet and heady scent, which was rather hyacinth-like in its quality, and offered distinctive citrus notes.
Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’
Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ is a great daffodil cultivar to plant in a container. This diminutive daffodil produces surprisingly powerful, fragrant blooms that really pack a punch! Offering a fruity fragrance, which has a definite floral, quince-like character to its scent, Narcissus ‘Baby Moon’ is a super choice for a container placed near a doorway, where passers-by can appreciate its warm and uplifting scent.
Many daffodil cultivars produce flowers that change colour as they age. As the flowers of Narcissus ‘Pueblo’ open, the blooms display lemon yellow coloured petals, which are complimented by a slightly more golden coloured yellow trumpet. As these same flowers age, the outer petals fade to white. At first it seems as if the trumpet of Narcissus ‘Pueblo’ will retain its yellow colouration, but eventually the whole daffodil flower turns a delicate shade of ivory, remaining like this for a longer time period than you might expect, before the flowers eventually fade.
I planted fifty Narcissus ‘Pueblo’ bulbs for my trial, these bulbs produced 140 flowering stems, each flowering stem produced an average of 3 flowers, creating a colour changing spectacle of 420 flowers, which lasted for 40 days!
During my daffodil trial, one daffodil cultivar stood out as being particularly attractive to ladybirds. I only spotted one or two ladybirds, at most, on all of the other nineteen different daffodil cultivars that were grown for my trial, throughout the entire duration of the trial. Yet whenever I so much as glanced at the Narcissus ‘Minnow’ plants, I spotted a number of different ladybirds. This was consistent throughout the trial – I spotted a number of ladybirds on the Narcissus ‘Minnow’ plants whenever I assessed this trial.
This article was first published in the September 2017 edition of Vantage Point Magazine.
Other articles that may interest you…………
To read my 2017 Scented Daffodil Report, please click here.
For gardening advice for mid-August to mid-September, please click here.
For gardening advice for mid-September to mid-October, please click here.
To read my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial Report, please click here.
To read my 2016 Compost Trial Report, please click here.
To read my Slug and Snail Trial, please click here.