Scented Daffodil Trial 2018

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I am sorry to say that 2018 was a terrible year for many of the daffodils grown in the UK.  The daffodils that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial experienced snow at the end of March, at a time when many of my trialled daffodil cultivars were grown, some of my daffodils stood poised and ready, just thinking about blossoming and coming into flower.  The snow arrived late, falling just when the daffodils least wanted to be pulled down to the ground, where they were held and forced into submission by a freezing cold blanket of snow.  In 2018, it was as if we experienced winter during our springtime, and then skipped spring and headed straight into the relentless heat of summer – it was winter one day and summer the next!

I am sure that 2019 will be a much better year for daffodils!  I hope that the results from this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial will help you to find delightfully scented daffodils to plant this autumn, which will bring you joyful flowers and fragrance to savour next spring.

Here are the results of my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial:

Scented daffodils

All of the daffodil cultivars grown for my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial were chosen for this trial as they were described as being scented.

For my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, I chose 28 different daffodil cultivars, all of which were listed as being fragrant.  50 bulbs of each chosen daffodil cultivar were planted.  I monitored the daffodils, noting down when each daffodil cultivar started flowering.  I noted the number of flowering stems that each group of 50 bulbs produced, the lengths of the daffodils’ flowering stems, the number of flowers produced per stem, and when each group off daffodils finished flowering.  All as part of my quest to find the most beautifully  scented, long flowering daffodils and to share them with you.

I included the following daffodil cultivars in my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial:

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from H. W. Hyde & Son:

  • Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’
  • Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’
  • Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from Jacques Amand International:

  • Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’
  • Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’
  • Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’
  • Narcissus ‘Quail’
  • Narcissus ‘Segovia’
  • Narcissus ‘Sweetness’
  • Narcissus ‘Thalia’
  • Narcissus ‘White Lady’

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from J. Parker’s:

  • Narcissus ‘Verdin’

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from Peter Nyssen:

  • Narcissus ‘Actaea’
  • Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’
  • Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’
  • Narcissus ‘Cragford’
  • Narcissus ‘Elka’
  • Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’
  • Narcissus ‘Lieke’
  • Narcissus ‘Pipit’
  • Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus
  • Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’
  • Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’
  • Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’
  • Narcissus ‘White Lion’

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from Sarah Raven:

  • I ordered Narcissus ‘Keats’, but I received bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lancaster’

I purchased the following daffodil bulbs from Van Meuwen:

  • Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’
  • I ordered Narcissus ‘Rose of May’, but I received bulbs of Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

Planting the daffodils

All of the daffodil bulbs included in my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were planted on the 21st October 2017, except for Narcissus ‘Verdin’, which was planted on the 18th November 2017.

The daffodil bulbs grown for this trial were planted directly in the soil.  50 bulbs of each trialled daffodil cultivar were planted.  Below you can see photographs of one of each of the 50 bulbs that were planted for each daffodil cultivar that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  I have placed a British Fifty-Pence-Piece alongside each bulb to try to more accurately display the size of each bulb.

Here is one bulb of every daffodil cultivar that was planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. I have placed a British Fifty Pence Piece next to each bulb, to more clearly demonstrate the size of each bulb.

Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost

This Scented Daffodil Trial means such a lot to me, the investment of both time and money spent to undertake this trial is huge, as I am committed to do all I can to make my trials be as full and as useful as possible.  With such an expenditure of energy given unto this work, I would only consider using the best compost to enhance the conditions my daffodils experienced during their year of growth, during this trial.  The only brand of compost I would have considered using for this trial was Dalefoot Composts.  Dalefoot Composts have won every one of the Compost Trials I have run over the past four years or so, it’s important to me to use the best products for my trials, I am so glad to have found Dalefoot Compost and grateful to have used this compost to provide the best conditions for the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trials.

Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost      

Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost was added as a mulch over the trials area where the daffodils were planted.  Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost is a highly concentrated compost, made from a powerful blend of natural, peat free ingredients.  This superb compost can be used in many different ways – combining double strength compost with spent compost can create a viable growing medium – in the past I have successfully grown high quality vegetables in a mix of 50% Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost, and 50% spent compost.  When this same spent compost was used alone, it was unable to sustain vegetable growth much beyond germination.  Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost is ideal for top dressing containers.  This compost is also a great choice for using as a mulch in beds and borders, where it will add nutrients and help to improve the soil.  Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost works as a magnificent ingredient as part of a personalised compost blend.

For my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost was used as a mulch: a 2.5cm (1 inch) layer of this compost was spread over the soil surface where the daffodils were planted.  This mulch of Dalefoot Composts Double Strength Wool Compost suppressed weed growth, increased the moisture holding capacity of the soil, and added extra nutrients to the soil.  As Dalefoot Double Strength Wool Compost was used to mulch the ground where the bulbs were planted, I didn’t need to apply any additional feed or fertiliser to the daffodils, as the compost provided all the nutrients the plants required.

Flowering

The daffodil cultivars included in this trial usually flower from March to May each year.  The weather was quite unusual in 2018, we experienced a prolonged and late winter, with snow falling at the end of March.  This cold weather naturally delayed the flowering of the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  I have listed the trialled daffodils in the order of their flowering, from the earliest to the latest flowering bulbs, as seen during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial:

Narcissus ‘Elka’

Narcissus ‘Elka’ is a Trumpet Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 1 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System.  Narcissus ‘Elka’ is pictured in flower, in the rain, on the 28th March 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The first daffodil grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial to come into flower was Narcissus ‘Elka’, whose first flowers opened on the 28th March 2018.  A number of Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers opened in unison on this date, and all of the remaining flower buds opened in the following few days.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’

The second daffodil to come into flower was Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’, whose first flower opened on the 1st April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ is a Large Cupped Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 2 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ was the second flower to open during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this daffodil started flowering on the 2nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

The third daffodil to come into flower, opened its first flowers on the 4th April 2018, this was the daffodil that you can see pictured below.  This daffodil was ordered as Narcissus ‘Rose of May’, but sadly I was sent the wrong cultivar, I received Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ instead.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ is a Double Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 4 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This daffodil is pictured on the 4th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is a dwarf daffodil, a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, is pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The fourth daffodil grown for this trial to come into flower was Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, whose first flower opened on the 5th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’

The fifth daffodil in this Scented Daffodil Trial to flower was Narcissus ‘Sweetness’, whose first flower opened on the 6th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this daffodil is pictured on the 7th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

This was the first of the Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial to open. Pictured on the 7th April 2018.

Three different daffodil cultivars grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial opened their first flowers on the 7th April 2018, all tying for sixth place!  The first Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flower opened on the 7th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’

Narcissus ‘Cragford’ is a Tazetta Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 8 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This was the first of the Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial to open. Pictured on the 7th April 2018.

Also tying for sixth place, was Narcissus ‘Cragford’, whose first flower opened on the 7th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS daffodil Classification System. These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this photograph was taken on the 8th April 2018.

The third daffodil tying for sixth position was Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’, whose first flower opened on the 7th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Quail

Narcissus ‘Quail’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These Narcissus ‘Quail’ flowers are pictured as the first flower began to open, on the 8th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In seventh position, the first Narcissus ‘Quail flower opened on the 8th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. The Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial first opened on the 11th April 2018.

In joint eighth position was Narcissus ‘Thalia’, whose first flowered opened on the 11th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’

Narcissus ‘White Lady’ is a Small Cupped Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 3 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These daffodils are pictured as they opened, on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’ tied for eighth position, this daffodil cultivar’s first flower opened on the 11th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ is a Double Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 4 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Pictured on the 13th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In ninth position, the first flower of the Narcissus ‘White Lion’ plants that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, opened on the 13th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Actaea’

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ is a Poeticus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 9 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Actaea’ is pictured in flower, on the 16th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Tying for tenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Actaea’ flower opened on the 16th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this flower is pictured as it opened, on the 16th April 2018.

Tying for tenth position, Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ opened its first flower on the 16th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Segovia’

Narcissus ‘Segovia’ is a Small Cupped Daffodil, from Division 3 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flower is pictured as it opened, on the 16th April 2018. This daffodil cultivar was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Tying for tenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flower opened on the 16th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ is a Jonquil Daffodil hybrid, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower is pictured as it opened, on the 16th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ also tied for tenth place.  This daffodil cultivar’s first flower opened on the 16th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is a Tazetta Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 8 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In joint eleventh place, the next daffodil cultivar to open during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial was Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’, whose first daffodil flower opened on the 17th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

Narcissus ‘Pipit’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flower is pictured on the 17th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In joint eleventh place, the next daffodil cultivar to open during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial was Narcissus ‘Pipit’, whose first daffodil flower opened on the 17th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’

Narcissus ‘Verdin’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These Narcissus ‘Verdin’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In joint eleventh place, the next daffodil cultivar to open during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial was Narcissus ‘Verdin’, whose first daffodil flower opened on the 17th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flower opened on the 18th April 2018. This daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In twelfth place, the first Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flower opened on the 18th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Pictured on the 19th April 2018.

Tying for thirteenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ flowers opened on the 19th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flower is pictured on the 14th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Also tying for thirteenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flower opened on the 19th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ is pictured here, on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Also tying for thirteenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ flower opened on the 19th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is a Small Cupped Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 3 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is pictured in flower, on the 20th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In fourteenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ daffodil flower opened on the 20th April 2018.  I ordered this daffodil as Narcissus ‘Keats’ but I received these daffodil bulbs instead.

Narcissus ‘Lieke’

Narcissus ‘Lieke’ is a Jonquil Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Lieke’ flower is pictured on the 22nd April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In fifteenth place, the first Narcissus ‘Lieke’ flower opened on the 21st April 2018.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus is a daffodil species, which can be found growing Europe, this daffodil is listed under Division 13 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus is pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil trial.

In sixteenth place, the first Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flower opened on the 6th May 2018.  Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus was the last of the daffodil cultivars grown for my Scented Daffodil Trial to come into flower.

Non-flowering daffodil cultivars

In this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial there were two non-flowering daffodil cultivars:

Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’

Sadly, not one of the 50 Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’ bulbs that were planted for this Scented Daffodil Trial flowered.

Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’

Unfortunately, the 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’, the top performing daffodil cultivar from my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, were infected with a virus, so these bulbs had to be lifted and destroyed before the plants flowered.

Weather

None of the scented daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial received any protection from the weather, however warm, cold, snowy, wet, or windy it was outdoors.

An area of my Scented Daffodil Trial, as pictured on the 27th February 2018.

A daffodil that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, pictured surrounded by snow, on the 2nd March 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Cragford’ plants were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured here in the rain, on the 8th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

This Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

These are the temperatures experienced by the daffodil cultivars grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. The bulbs were planted in October, all of the daffodils had finished flowering by the end of May. You can see that there were a couple of periods of significant sub-zero temperatures in December and March, and then temperatures rapidly increased as we headed through spring and towards this extremely hot and dry summer!

Daffodils prone to collapsing after heavy rain and inclement weather

Many daffodil cultivars that produce large, showy flowers have the tendency of their flowering stems bending, breaking, or snapping in the wind.  Sometimes these single flowered daffodils’ stems just break under the weight of their large flowers, which become very heavy after rainfall.

For my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, I chose to only trial daffodils that I felt had a greater resistance to collapsing after heavy rain or strong winds and inclement weather.  None of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial collapsed during my 2017 Trial.  However, for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, I have included daffodils that are not resistant to the weather alongside daffodils that have weather resistance.  I left all of the plants that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial unsupported until they fell over, then the plants were simply supported in a manner that prevented them falling onto their neighbour, so I could see if the plants were able to resurrect themselves following their collapse.

Following a rainstorm, which arrived complete with thunder and lightening, delivering a long night of particularly heavy rainfall, on the 21st April 2018, a number of the daffodils that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were knocked over.

I dislike seeing collapsed daffodils splayed hopelessly about in a helpless state, their flowers muddied and stems bent under the weight of their rain soaked flowers.  I do not favour growing the type of daffodil that is prone to collapsing.  If you also want to steer clear of daffodils that are prone to collapse, then here are some daffodil cultivars to avoid:

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’

The first daffodil cultivar grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial to collapse following heavy rain, was was Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’.  Of all of the daffodils grown for my 2018 Trial, this one had the least resistance.  If you plan to grow this daffodil cultivar, I would strongly recommend that you provide some supports for your plants and install your support network early in the growing season.  Simple supports made with hazel or birch look attractive and are very effective too.

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial; sadly these daffodils were knocked over by the weight of a heavy rain shower before their flowers had opened. Pictured on the 4th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ and the daffodil erroneously sent to me as Narcissus ‘Rose of May’ proved to be very unstable after rainfall, with the majority of these daffodils falling over to form an untidy splayed mess. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ produces flowers that are large in size, which are held on tall flowering stems that are prone to collapse. After Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ collapsed onto the daffodils growing at either side of it, these make shift supports were added to allow the neighbouring daffodils that were grown for this trial to be without any obstructions. Pictured on the 8th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Segovia’

Narcissus ‘Segovia’ pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flowers that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial collapsed following a bought of heavy rain on the 21st April 2018.  These daffodils did not regain their composure, so the Narcissus ‘Segovia’ plants spent the remainder of this trial laying sprawled across the soil.

These Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. They are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018, after collapsing during a heavy rainstorm on the 21st April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ was another daffodil that showed little resilience to the weather during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, as a consequence this daffodil spent much of its time laying horizontally across the ground.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ pictured laying horizontally on the 2nd May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ features large flowers on tall stems that are prone to collapsing. In the foreground you can see Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ – these daffodils did not collapse quite as readily, which is surprising given their large, double frilly flowers. All of these Daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 7th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ produces large, double, frilly flowers which are more weather resistant than I expected but after a while quite a number, if not all, of this daffodil’s flowering stems were knocked over during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ is a large flowered daffodil cultivar that is prone to collapsing in wet weather when the weight of the rain increases the weight of these large flowers. Pictured on the 6th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus is pictured on the 17th May 2018 during my 2018 Scented Daffodil trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus has a rather lax growing habit, this plant is never seen standing to attention, this daffodil has a much more relaxed, somewhat sprawling growth habit.  Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus is prone to being knocked over by the weather, these daffodils were visibly damaged by the elements during this trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 14th May 2018.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ in the foreground, Narcissus ‘White Lion’ behind, pictured looking somewhat of an untidy leaning tangle during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is a tall daffodil cultivar that produces very large, single flowers.  Tall flowered daffodils, such as this can be very prone to collapse.  I have found that Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is not knocked down anywhere near as readily as many daffodils of this type, but this daffodil is still one that is likely to to fall over in the wind and weather.  During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ collapsed but then recovered itself.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ pictured laying horizontally on the 30th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

During this trial, Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ was prone to collapse, but thankfully this daffodil was able to right itself and the plants regained an upright position again, within a day or two, without any assistance.

Narcissus ‘Actaea’

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 18th April 2018.

During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial Narcissus ‘Actaea’ was affected by the weather, on a few occasions daffodils from this group had partially collapsed but the plants were able to right themselves within a day or two.

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 25th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’

The Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ plants that were grown for my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial remained upright at every stage throughout the trial.  However, the Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, produced a few plants that collapsed following the heavy rain on the 21st April 2018.  Happily all of these Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ plants had resurrected themselves (no assistance or supports were added) by the following day and these daffodils remained standing throughout the rest of this trial.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is pictured on the 24th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

The group of Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ daffodils that were grown for this trial were often found to be leaning in the direction of the wind – this is not a daffodil cultivar that stands bolt upright.  At times the Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ daffodils had more of a lean than others, but these daffodils were never knocked down by the wind and rain.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ pictured on the 2nd May 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ is another rather lax daffodil cultivar.  Although these daffodils didn’t collapse during this trial, Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ was often leaning and the flowers themselves naturally nod and look away from their visitors.  This is a very floriferous daffodil cultivar, the mass of flowers that this daffodil cultivar produces adds weight to each flower stem.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’

Narcissus ‘Cragford’ pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 16th April 2018.

The Narcissus ‘Cragford’ daffodils that were grown for this trial were fairly resilient to the weather, it was only the daffodils that were growing at the front of this group that were damaged by the elements.  These daffodils in the front rows, were prone to being knocked down in very bad weather, but within a day or so they were standing tall again.  You may want to avoid growing this particular daffodil in the front of an exposed raised bed or border, but I am certain that this multi-headed daffodil cultivar will prove to be resilient in slightly more sheltered locations, for most gardeners.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have a tendency to lean. These flowers are pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ is a tall daffodil cultivar that produces large, double flowers, the flowers when wet become heavy and can weigh the daffodil stems down, so I was surprised at how resilient this daffodil cultivar was during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  This daffodil swayed and the flowers lent forwards, but the flower stems did not break and the plants did not collapse in their entirety.  If you’re thinking of growing this daffodil cultivar, look for a sheltered location to plant your bulbs.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’ in the foreground, Narcissus ‘White Lion’, Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’, and the other daffodils from the trial in the distance behind. This photograph was during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 20th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’

Narcissus ‘White Lady’ pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 18th April 2018.

The Narcissus ‘White Lady’ daffodils that were grown for this trial had a distinctive lean, but the plants never collapsed, they just swayed, with a bias to one side!  This is a truly lovely daffodil that is best suited to a slightly sheltered spot.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

The Narcissus ‘Pipit’ daffodils that were grown for this trial display a definite lean in whichever direction the wind was blowing, but these daffodils never collapsed.

Weather resistant daffodils

Although a lot of the daffodils that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were prone to collapse, thankfully there were some weather resistant daffodils, hooray!  Hooray for these strong, resilient daffodils!

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ pictured on the 29th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is an amazingly weather resistant daffodil cultivar!  Every Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ daffodil that was grown for this trial remained standing tall throughout my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, however windy or rainy the weather was.  I’d say that Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ was definitely the most weather resistant daffodil cultivar that featured in this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elka’

Narcissus ‘Elka’ held up to the weather during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this daffodil cultivar’s flowers opened during the wettest period of the trial, yet not one of this daffodil’s flowering stems was knocked over.  This is a smaller sized daffodil, which offers great weather resistance.

Narcissus ‘Elka’ is pictured in flower, in the rain, on the 2nd April 2018.
These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’

The tiny flowers of dear little Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ naturally hold up very well to the weather.  During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial not one of this daffodil cultivar’s flowering stems was knocked over, which is what you would expect, given the diminutive size of Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ and its flowers!

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, pictured in flower, on the 7th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’

These Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ is a fairly sturdy, weather resistant daffodil cultivar, which remained standing throughout my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Lieke’

These Narcissus ‘Lieke’ flowers are pictured on the 29th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

I found Narcissus ‘Lieke’ to be a resilient daffodil cultivar, which remained standing tall during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Quail’

These Narcissus ‘Quail’ flowers are pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

During this trial, I found Narcissus ‘Quail’ to be a weather resistant daffodil, which stood up to the weather.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ bulbs that were planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 75 flowering stems, which held a total of 150 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 28 days.

I found Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ to be quite a weather resistant daffodil.  During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, the plants displayed a gentle lean to whichever direction the wind was blowing in, but these daffodils were never knocked over by the wind or rain.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

These Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is a graceful daffodil cultivar, which is resilient and was not overly affected by the weather during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  These daffodils remained standing throughout this trial.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’

These Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flowers are pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ daffodils that were grown for this trial displayed somewhat of a sway and a lean at times, but these daffodils never collapsed, and they were never knocked down by the weather.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ daffodils that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial showed themselves to be a resilient cultivar, which was not damaged or knocked over by the weather.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’

Narcissus ‘Verdin’, pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus ‘Verdin’ daffodils that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were not overly affected by the weather.  These daffodils were not standing bolt upright to attention at all times during the trial, but neither were they splayed out over the soil.

If you’re looking for more details of weather resistant daffodil cultivars, you may be interested to read the results of my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, as all of the daffodils that were trialled stood up to the weather.

Colour Changing Daffodils

The flowers of many daffodil cultivars change in colour as they age.  Here are photographs of the daffodil cultivars, which were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial that produce colour changing blooms:

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flowers begin their lives as vibrant yellow coloured flower buds. Pictured on the 14th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These same Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bright yellow flower buds open to reveal bright white flowers. Pictured on the 17th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured on the 20th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’

This Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ flower bud is pictured just as the flower began to open, on the 19th April 2018. Pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ flower bud is pictured just as the flower began to open, on the 19th April 2018. Pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’

This newly opened Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower displays a yellow-orange corona or trumpet with an orange rim, and soft yellow-cream coloured outer petals, pictured on the 14th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This slightly older Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower displays a yellow coloured corona and white coloured outer petals. This daffodil is pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The older Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flowers display a yellow coloured corona or trumpet, with a white rim, within a day or two this white rim soon fades to a soft buff tone. This daffodil is pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This older Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower is pictured on the 22nd April 2018, at this time the aged flower is displaying a soft yellow corona or trumpet with a buff brown coloured rim. This daffodil cultivar is pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

In this photograph, Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is pictured as a newly opened flower, at this time this daffodil displays orange coloured coronas or trumpets, which are surrounded by white outer petals. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured on the 14th April 2018.

This photograph shows a number of Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers, the coronas, or trumpets, of the oldest of these daffodil flowers have aged from orange to an attractive golden colour. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 16th April 2018.

This photograph shows a number of Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers, the coronas, or trumpets, of the oldest of these daffodil flowers have aged from orange to an attractive golden colour. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 19th April 2018.

This photograph shows an older Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flower, the corona, or trumpet, of the oldest of these daffodil flowers has now aged from orange to an attractive gold colour. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 20th April 2018.

This photograph shows an older Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flower, the corona, or trumpet, of the oldest of these daffodil flowers has now aged from orange to an attractive gold colour. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 20th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ is a Jonquil Daffodil hybrid, from Division 7 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. This Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower is pictured as it opened, on the 16th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 17th April 2018. This daffodil flower’s petals have aged to white, and an ivory edging now decorates the flower’s trumpet.

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018 as very softly coloured flowers.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have only been open for a few days. At this stage, these young flowers display a multitude of petals composed of white and orange coloured flounces. These daffodils are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have been open for a few days, the flowers are beginning to fade to an ivory colour with touches of soft apricot. These daffodils are pictured on the 22nd April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have only been open for several days, but they have already aged to a soft ivory colour with touches of a soft buff colour. These daffodils are pictured on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

A newly opened Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower. At this stage, the flowers feature a yellow orange corona, or trumpet, and soft yellow outer petals. This daffodil flower is pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A newly opened Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower. At this stage, the flowers feature an orange corona, or trumpet, and soft yellow outer petals. The raspberry pink outline is just beginning to form on this daffodil’s trumpet. This daffodil flower is pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flowers are held on the same flowering stem. The top flower opened first, this slightly older flower features an orange corona, or trumpet, which is outlined in a raspberry pink colour, and is surrounded by soft yellow outer petals. The lower flower opened more recently, this flower features an orange-yellow corona, or trumpet, which is surrounded by soft yellow outer petals. These daffodil flowers are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flowers are pictured as slightly older flowers which now feature a blush pink coloured corona, or trumpet, which is surrounded by soft yellow outer petals. These daffodil flowers are pictured during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’

Newly opened Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers feature orange-yellow coronas, which are surrounded by petals that are gently washed with the same colour tone.  After opening, the outer petals very quickly fade to white, while the coronas fade to yellow, before aging to a soft shade of antique ivory.

This was the first Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower bud to open, pictured on the 1st April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These newly opened Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers feature orange-yellow coloured coronas or trumpets. These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ plants were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 6th April 2018.

In this photograph, you can see some newly opened Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers in the background, these flowers are displaying orange-yellow coronas or trumpets, while the older Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers in the foreground are displaying trumpets in a much softer shade of yellow. These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 6th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers are slightly older flowers, which now display yellow coronas or trumpets. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here, on the 7th April 2018.

This Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower is a little older, this flower features a trumpet that’s coloured in a pastel tone of yellow. This Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower is pictured on the 8th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’, is pictured as an older flower whose corona, or trumpet, has now faded to an antique cream colour. Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ is pictured on the 14th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

These Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ double daffodil flowers are pictured just as they began to open on the 6th April 2018, at this time these daffodils feature yellow trumpets and yellow and cream coloured petals.

These Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ daffodils are pictured as young flowers, on the 6th April 2018, at this time these daffodils display double, yellow coloured coronas or cups, and yellow and white outer petals.

This Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This older daffodil flower has now faded somewhat and now displays white, and a softer yellow coloured flower. Pictured on the 19th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Elka’

Narcissus ‘Elka’ produces really rather sweet flowers, which open displaying lemon yellow coronas, or trumpets, and white petals.  As the flowers of Narcissus ‘Elka’ age, the corona, or trumpet, fades from lemon yellow to creamy yellow, and then finally the trumpet fades to a classy ivory shade.  The flowers produced by Narcissus ‘Elka’ are beautiful at all stages of their development.

This Narcissus ‘Elka’ flower bud is pictured as it opens on the 29th March 2018, newly opened Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers display a lemon yellow corona or trumpet and soft pastel yellow petals. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A newly opened Narcissus ‘Elka’ flower pictured on the 29th March 2018, these plants were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elka’, pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018. In this photograph, you can see a number of Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers displaying different coloured trumpets according to their age. Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers open displaying lemon yellow coloured trumpets, as each of the flowers’ trumpets age, their trumpets fade from lemon yellow to a creamier yellow tone, before finally fading to a soft ivory. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers are pictured on the 6th April 2018, these daffodils are slightly older flowers, their trumpets have faded from a lemon yellow colour, to the creamy yellow colour that you see in this Photograph. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In this photograph, which was taken on the 13th April 2018, Narcissus ‘Elka’ is pictured as an older flower that has now faded to hold a pretty ivory coloured trumpet, which is surrounded by soft white coloured petals. Narcissus ‘Elka’ was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elka’ pictured on the 16th April 2018, as an older flower, which has now aged to white. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

This Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This daffodil is pictured in bloom on the 17th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018 this time with a softer yellow coloured trumpet, which is surrounded by a white halo.

As the flowers of Narcissus ‘Pipit’ age the trumpets turn to white. Narcissus ‘Pipit’ is pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’

This is a newly opened Narcissus ‘Verdin’ flower. At this stage, the flowers open as a lemon yellow colour, a white halo rapidly appears around the daffodil’s corona, or trumpet. Pictured on the 19th April, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

In this photograph you can see a slightly older Narcissus ‘Verdin’ flower, which is a creamy ivory colour, this flower’s outer petals are edged in a pastel yellow, whereas the younger daffodil flower is more of a vibrant lemon yellow colour, this daffodil’s white halo is starting to spread across this flowers outer petals. Pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’ pictured as an older flower, this time with a white trumpet and halo around the inner circle of the flower’s bright yellow coloured petals. As seen on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

This photograph shows a Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flower as it begins to open. Newly opened Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers display a yellow trumpet. This Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This photograph, which was taken on the 18th April 2018, shows a Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowering stem that is holding both a newly opened flower (the newly opened flower is the flower with a yellow-orange trumpet) alongside a flower that has been open for a few days (this older flower displays a trumpet with a peach colour). These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Older Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers display pretty peach coloured trumpets. These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Daffodils for bees and other pollinating insects

I’d love to tell you that bees, hoverflies, and other pollinating insects were constantly buzzing happily around the daffodils that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, but sadly I only observed a few bees visiting the daffodils that were grown for this trial, and these bees did not stay for long while I was there.

I would say that out of all of the daffodils grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial, the daffodils that I saw bees visit most often were: Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’, Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’, Narcissus ‘Cragford’, and Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’, but there were many times that I viewed the daffodils that were grown for this trial when I did not observe any bees, hoverflies, butterflies, or pollinating insects.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they proved to be popular with bees. Pictured on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they proved to be more popular with bees that many of the other daffodil cultivars grown for this trial. Pictured on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’

The Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers that were grown for this Scented Daffodil trial were still attractive to bees when the flowers were faded and almost over, which should serve to remind us all not to be too hasty when deadheading our daffodils.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a fading Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a fading Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a fading Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a fading Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it feeds from a Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

A bumble bee pictured as it approaches a Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower which was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 29th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’

A bee feeding from a Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ flower, on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Butterflies

I just spotted one butterfly feeding from the daffodil flowers grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial – the Peacock butterfly you see in my photographs below.  It’s entirely possible that many other butterflies visited the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, but this was the only butterfly I saw.

A Peacock Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is pictured on a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A Peacock Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is pictured nectaring from a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A Peacock Butterfly, also known by its scientific name of Aglais io, is pictured on a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Hoverflies

Sadly, I didn’t see nearly as many hoverflies as I had hoped to during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this was the only hoverfly I photographed.

This hoverfly is pictured visiting a Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

A hoverfly feeding from a Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Daffodils which do not benefit bees, hoverflies and other pollinating insects

If you want to grow daffodils to provide pollen and nectar for bees and other pollinating insects then it’s best to avoid all of the double flowered daffodil cultivars, from Division 4 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System, such as Narcissus ‘White Lion’, as these daffodil flowers do not provide accessible pollen or nectar for insects.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ is a Double Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 4 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These White Lion daffodils are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Daffodil flowering stem lengths

A chart showing the average flowering stem length of each of the daffodil cultivars grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The shortest daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ and Narcissus ‘Elka’, whose flowers had an average stem length of 17cm (6.6 inches).  While the Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ and Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers had an average height of 60cm (23.6inches) making these the tallest of all of the daffodil cultivars grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Number of flowering  stems produced by each group of 50 daffodil bulbs

A chart showing the total number of flowering stems produced by the 50 bulbs of each daffodil cultivar that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A chart showing the total number of flowers produced by each group of 50 bulbs of each daffodil cultivar grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

50 Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ bulbs were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, these 50 bulbs produced 173 flowering stems! Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ are seen here, on the 29th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ produced the most flowering stems, this group of 50 daffodil bulbs produced 173 flowering stems!  In second place, the 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ that were grown for this trial produced 160 flowering stems.  While in joint third place, the 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ and of Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ both produced 100 flowering stems.

At the opposite end of the scale, the Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ bulbs that were grown for this trial were suffering from a virus and had to be lifted and destroyed before they flowered, so this cultivar did not feature in this Scented Daffodil Trial (However you can if you wish see how this daffodil performed in my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial).  Sadly, although they produced leaves, none of the 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Albus Plenus Odoratus’ that were grown for this trial produced a single flowering stem.  While the 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced 32 flowering stems

Daffodil flowering periods – which daffodil flowered for the longest time?

A chart showing the length of the flowering period of each of the groups of 50 daffodil bulbs of each of the daffodil cultivars trialled for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flowered for 40 days, making it the longest flowered cultivar in this trial, by quite some margin.  In second place, Narcissus ‘Quail’ flowered for 31 days.  While in joint third place, Narcissus ‘Lieke’ and Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, both flowered for 29 days.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ was the daffodil cultivar that had the longest flowering period during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

At the other end of the scale, the joint shortest flowered daffodil cultivars in this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were Narcissus ‘Thalia’ and Narcissus ‘Segovia’, which both flowered for 15 days.  While in second place, Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flowered for 16 days and Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ and Narcissus ‘Actaea’ both flowered for 18 days.

Comparing similar looking daffodil cultivars

Some of the daffodil cultivars grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced similar looking flowers.  By comparing the results from my trial, I can show you which of these similar looking cultivars flowered earlier or later, or flowered for longer, or produced more flowers during my trial, to help you to select the best performing daffodil cultivars for your garden!

NB. Please don’t forget to check my notes elsewhere in this trial report to discover each of the trialled daffodil cultivars’ fragrances, and the weather resistance of the trialled daffodil cultivars before making your decisions and placing your orders!

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ and Narcissus ‘White Lion’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ and Narcissus ‘White Lion’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 13th April 2018 until the 2nd May 2018. This group of 50 daffodil bulbs produced 57 flowering stems, which held 57 flowers between them. These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ daffodils are pictured on the 22nd April 2018.

These two double daffodil cultivars are somewhat similar, both in their appearance and in their performance.  The fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘White Lion’ produced 57 flowering stems, as opposed to the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Petit Four’, which produced 32 flowering stems during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 37 flowering stems, which held 37 flowers between them. The Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ flowers that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 4th April 2018, until the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’, Narcissus ‘Lieke’, and Narcissus ‘White Lady

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Lancaster’, Narcissus ‘Lieke’, and Narcissus ‘White Lady’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

It is very interesting to look at the performance of these similar three daffodil cultivars, the longest flowered daffodil of the three, Narcissus ‘Lancaster’, flowered for 40 days, which just over double the flowering period of Narcissus ‘White Lady’, which flowered for only 19 days during this Scented Daffodil Trial, while Narcissus ‘Lieke’ flowered for 29 days.  The fifty bulbs of  Narcissus ‘Lieke’ that were planted for this trial produced 93 flowering stems – the most of these three cultivars – Narcissus ‘White Lady’ produced 78 flowering stems, and Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ produced 70 flowering stems.  The fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lieke’, being a multi-flowered jonquilla daffodil, produced 186 flowers between them, while Narcissus ‘White Lady’ produced 78 flowers, and Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ produced 70 flowers.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Lieke’ bulbs that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 22nd April 2018 until the 21st May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Lieke’ bulbs produced 93 flowering stems, which held a total of 186 flowers.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ bulbs that were grown for my Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 31st March 2018, to the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ bulbs produced 70 flowering stems, which held 70 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘White Lady’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 11th April 2018 until the 30th April 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘White Lady’ bulbs produced 78 flowering stems, which held 78 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ and Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ and Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’, performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Of the fifty bulbs that were planted of these two similar daffodil cultivars, Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ produced the most flowers and most flowering stems, delivering 72 flowers and flowering stems to this trial, while Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ produced 57 flowers, held by 57 flowering stems.  These two daffodil cultivars also differed in their resilience and ability to withstand the weather, and in their fragrance, with Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ being the more fragrant and more upstanding of the two – you’ll find more information of these qualities in the relevant sections of this trials report.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 7th April 2018 until the 27th April 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ bulbs produced 72 flowering stems, which held 72 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 1st April 2018 until the 22nd April 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ bulbs produced 57 flowering stems, which held 57 flowers between them.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus and Narcissus ‘Actaea’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Actaea’ and Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These two daffodil cultivars performed very similarly during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, with the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Actaea’ producing 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers, that lasted for 18 days, while the fifty bulbs of Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus produced 43 flowering stems, holding 43 flowers, which lasted for 16 days.  Again these daffodil cultivars differ in the fragrances and in their ability to withstand the weather, so it is worth looking at these sections for each cultivar if you’re deciding between them.  I found Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus to be far more fragrant than Narcissus ‘Actaea’.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 17th April 2018 until the 5th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 5th May 2018 until the 21st May 2018. These 50 Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus bulbs produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’ and Narcissus ‘Verdin’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Verdin’ and Narcissus ‘Pipit’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Verdin’ that were planted for this trial produced 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 24 days, whereas the fifty Narcissus ‘Pipit’ bulbs produced 61 flowering stems, which held a total of 122 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 23 days.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 16th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs produced 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Pipit’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 17th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Pipit’ bulbs produced 61 flowering stems, which held 122 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ and Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ and Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’, performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ and Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ are not so very similar, you may prefer one more than another, in which case you have your perfect daffodil cultivar decided on, but if you’re looking for something similar, you may be interested to know that the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ produced 72 flowering stems, which held 144 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 24 days.  While the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ produced 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 28 days.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 7th April 2018 until the 5th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ bulbs produced 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 16th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs produced 72 flowering stems, which held 144 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ and Narcissus ‘Quail’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Quail’ and Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Quail’ that were grown for this trial produced 79 flowering stems, holding 158 flowers, this floral display lasted for a total of 31 days.  Whereas the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ produced 61 flowering stems, holding 122 flowers, that bloomed for 26 days.  These daffodils varied in the scent and in their popularity, with visitors to the trial tending to favour Narcissus ‘Sweetness’.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 4th April 2018 until the 30th April 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ bulbs produced 61 flowering stems, which held 122 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Quail’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 9th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Quail’ bulbs produced 79 flowering stems, which held 158 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’, Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’, Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, and Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’, Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, and Narcissus ‘Thalia’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

There’s quite a difference in the performance of these four fairly similar looking daffodil cultivars, as you can see in the table above.  The fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ produced 160 flowering stems, which held an amazing 640 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 21 days!  While, the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ produced 100 flowering stems, which held 300 flowers, for 29 days.  Whereas the fifty bulbs of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ produced 61 flowering stems, holding 122 flowers for just 15 days – which is less than half as many flowers, than the blooms produced by Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, and just one fifth of the blooms produced by Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’.  Narcissus ‘Thalia’ also had a much shorter flowering period, this daffodil cultivar’s flowers lasted almost half as long as the flowers produced by Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ during this trial.  But if Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is your favourite daffodil, there is no reason to grow any other!

The 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 19th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 160 flowering stems, which held 640 flowers between them!

The 50 Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 17th April 2018 until the 16th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 100 flowering stems, which held 300 flowers between them!

The 50 Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 18th April 2018 until the 9th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ bulbs produced 83 flowering stems, which held 166 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Thalia’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 10th April 2018 until the 25th April 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Thalia’ bulbs produced 61 flowering stems, which held 122 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, and Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’

A comparison of how these similar looking daffodil cultivars: Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’, Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, and Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ performed and flowered during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

As you can see, in this table comparing the daffodils from daffodil breeders, Brent and Becky Heath’s ‘Sensation Series’, of these three daffodil cultivars, Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ produced the most flowers, the fifty bulbs that were grown for this trial produced an incredible 640 blooms!  While, Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ produced 173 flowering stems, which was the most flowering stems of all of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this Trial.  Although not the longest flowered daffodil in this trial, of these three cultivars, Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flowered for the longest time, being in bloom for 29 days.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 19th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 160 flowering stems, which held 640 flowers between them!

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 21st April 2018 until the 16th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 173 flowering stems, which held 519 flowers between them!

The 50 Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 17th April 2018 until the 16th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 100 flowering stems, which held 300 flowers between them!

Daffodils for impact

Daffodils are beautiful, but some daffodil cultivars give more of a visual impact to the garden than others.  If you’re looking for daffodils to add a real punch to your planting and to create a wow factor in your garden, then you might like to consider planting daffodil cultivars that produce a greater number of flowering stems and flowers.  To help you to select the best daffodils for impact, I have ranked each of the trialled daffodil cultivars, rating each one for their floral display, weather resilience, and flowering period and listing the daffodil cultivars in order, starting first with the daffodils that offered the least impact, working all the way up to the daffodils which brought the most impact to this Scented Daffodil Trial.

This chart shows the overall impact of each variety. Varieties with a large number of flowering stems, long flowering period, and robustness during rain and snow, score highly.
To calculate the impact score, I took:
a = the total number of flowering days
b = the maximum number of flowering stems.
c = a ‘stability score’ of 1-5 (5 being the highest score for varieties that didn’t collapse at all)
The overall impact score per cultivar was calculated as:
impact = (a x b x c) / 100

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ bulbs that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced 32 flowering stems, holding a display of 32 flowers, which lasted for 18 days.

For my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial I ordered 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Rose of May’, sadly I received 50 of this double flowered daffodil cultivar – Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ instead. This large flowered daffodil was prone to collapsing in wet weather when the weight of the rain increased the weight of these large flowers. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

For my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial I ordered 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Rose of May’, sadly I received 50 of this daffodil cultivar – Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ instead. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ and Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ proved to be very unstable after rainfall, with the majority of these daffodils falling over to form an untidy splayed mess. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 6th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’

During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, I found the flowers of Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ to have little weather resistance once their flower buds had reached full size and were about to open, as the extra weight of these large flowers once they had been pelted and soaked by the rain was too much for the Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower stems to bear, so they lay sprawled about in a lax and unattractive untidy state.  For me, this lack of weather resistance totally spoils this daffodil’s impact in the garden.

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil trial produced 57 flowering stems, which between them held 57 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 21 days.

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were knocked over by the weight of a heavy rain shower. Pictured on the 6th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were knocked over by the weight of a heavy rain shower. Pictured on the 6th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ produces flowers that are large in size, which are held on tall flowering stems. After Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ collapsed onto the daffodils growing at either side of it, these make shift supports were made to allow the neighbouring daffodils that were grown for this trial to be without any obstructions. Pictured on the 8th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

The 50 Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus bulbs that were planted for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 16 days.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus pictured on the 9th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus pictured on the 9th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus is pictured on the 13th May 2018 during my 2018 Scented Daffodil trial.

Narcissus ‘Segovia’

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Segovia’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 97 flowering stems, which between them held 97 flowers, producing a display which lasted for 15 days.

This pretty daffodil’s impact and appearance for me was spoilt by this daffodil cultivar’s lack of weather resistance, meaning this daffodil spent the majority of the flowering season laying flat across the soil.

This Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flower is pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flower is pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. They are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018, after collapsing during a heavy rainstorm on the 21st April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Actaea’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 18 days.

This Narcissus ‘Actaea’ flower is pictured on the 16th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 17th April 2018 until the 5th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers between them.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 18 days.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is a very tall daffodil cultivar, the length of each flowering stem combined with the large size of this daffodil cultivar’s flowers mean that this daffodil can be prone to collapsing in wet or windy weather, so I would advise supporting this daffodil cultivar early in the season if you plan on growing it yourself.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 72 flowering stems, which each held a single flower, therefore these bulbs provided 72 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 20 days.  The large size of this daffodil cultivar’s flowers certainly increases the plant’s impact in the garden!

These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured on the 11th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 14th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ is a Large Cupped Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 2 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 16th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 100 flowering stems, which held a total of 300 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 29 days.

For me, Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’s appearance is blighted by the weakness of its flowering stems and their inability to stand up to the worst of the weather.  The fact that these daffodil flowers spent so much time laying horizontally over the soil certainly reduces their attraction.  If you plan to grow this daffodil cultivar, I would recommend that you provide support for your flowers early in the growing season.

This Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ pictured on the 10th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ pictured on the 2nd May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ was by far the most diminutive daffodil that featured in my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  I had planned to grow this dainty daffodil for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Container Trial, but the container that I had planned to use was broken, so as I had ordered 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, I included this daffodil in this particular Scented Daffodil Trial instead.  Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is a darling of a daffodil, its foliage is fine and grasslike, this would make a superb container daffodil plant.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 38 flowering stems, which between them held 76 tiny flowers.  The Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ plants that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered for 20 days.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ was by far the smallest daffodil that featured in my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is pictured in flower, on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, pictured in flower, on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is a low growing daffodil cultivar with very pretty, scented flowers. Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is pictured in flower, on the 7th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Thalia’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 61 flowering stems, which held 122 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 15 days.

These Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured in flower, on the 18th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured in flower, on the 16th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Cragford’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 50 flowering stems, which held 250 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 23 days.

These Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers are pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers are pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers are pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 70 flowering stems, which held 280 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 22 days.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is pictured on the 29th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is pictured on the 24th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is pictured on the 23rd April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elka’

Narcissus ‘Elka’ is a dwarf, single flowered daffodil.  Although Narcissus ‘Elka’ looked very pretty planted in the ground, I think this cultivar would also be a great choice of daffodil for a container daffodil, or as a daffodil to be used on a raised area of ground.  Narcissus ‘Elka’ produces pretty and rather dainty daffodil flowers, which are held on short flowering stems.  The flowers distinctly hang their heads forwards in a rather demure, slightly shy manner, which means that the passerby receives a restricted, limited view of their flowers, which limits their impact to a degree.  Having said this, the one fact that counts in the favour of Narcissus ‘Elka’ in terms of this daffodil cultivar’s impact is that the Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers all opened within a few days of each other, which undoubtedly increased the effect that this group of daffodils bestowed on the area of ground they were planted in.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Elka’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 45 flowering stems, each which held one flower to a stem, so these daffodils produced 45 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 21 days.

Narcissus ‘Elka’, is pictured on the 2nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This is a very pretty daffodil cultivar.

These Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers are pictured on the 6th April 2018. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This group of Narcissus ‘Elka’ flowers are pictured on the 4th April 2018. These daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 72 flowering stems, which held 144 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 24 days.

This Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this daffodil is pictured, on the 17th April 2018.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 16th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs produced 72 flowering stems, which held 144 flowers between them.

These Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flowers are pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

The 50 Narcissus ‘White Lion’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 57 flowering stems, holding 57 flowers, creating a display which lasted for 19 days.

These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have only been open for a few days. At this stage, these young flowers display a multitude of petals composed of white and orange coloured flounces. These daffodils are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers have only been open for several days, but they have already aged to a soft ivory colour with touches of a soft apricot colour. These daffodils are pictured on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ produces large, double flowers. The Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial had a tendency to lean over at an angle under the weight of their flowers, these daffodils are pictured on the 19th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Pipit’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 61 flowering stems, these daffodils produced 122 flowers between them, creating a display that lasted for 23 days.

These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured here on the 22nd April 2018 this time with a softer yellow coloured trumpet, which is surrounded by a white halo.

These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’

The 50 Narcissus ‘White Lady’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 78 flowering stems, holding 78 flowers, creating a display which lasted for 19 days.

These Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flowers are pictured on the 13th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flowers are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flowers are pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ bulbs that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 83 flowering stems, which held 166 flowers, creating a floral display which lasted for 21 days.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 18th April 2018 until the 9th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ bulbs produced 83 flowering stems, which held 166 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flowers, as pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flowers, as pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers, creating a floral display which lasted for 24 days.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’, pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’, pictured on the 28th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Verdin’, pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 80 flowering stems, which held 80 flowers between them.  Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ is a strong and resilient daffodil cultivar, which flowered for 26 days, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This daffodil was pictured on the 11th April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they were photographed here, on the 22nd April 2018.

These Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. I took this photograph on the 20th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ bulbs that were planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 75 flowering stems, which held a total of 150 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 28 days.

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers are pictured on the 16th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers are pictured on the 16th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ bulbs that were planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 75 flowering stems, which held a total of 150 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 28 days.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ bulbs that were planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 100 flowering stems, which held a total of 200 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 23 days.

This Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower was pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here on the 19th April 2018.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ bulbs that were planted for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 100 flowering stems, which held a total of 200 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 23 days.

Narcissus ‘Quail’

This Narcissus ‘Quail’ flower is pictured on the 28th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Quail’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 79 flowering stems, which held 158 flowers, creating a floral display that lasted for 31 days.

These Narcissus ‘Quail’ flowers are pictured on the 24th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Quail’ flowers are pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 160 flowering stems, which held a total of 640 flowers between them, this created a fabulous display, which lasted for 21 days.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 19th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ bulbs produced 160 flowering stems, which held 640 flowers between them!

These Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ flowers are pictured on the 2nd May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Lieke’

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lieke’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 93 flowering stems, which held a total of 186 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 29 days.

Narcissus ‘Lieke’ pictured on the 10th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

These Narcissus ‘Lieke’ flowers are pictured on the 29th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lieke’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 93 flowering stems, which held a total of 186 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 29 days. These flowers are pictured on the 6th May 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 70 flowering stems, which each held a single flower to produce a 70 flower strong floral display, which lasted for 40 days.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is a strong and resilient daffodil cultivar, which produces large, single fragrant flowers that benefit bees, butterflies, and other pollinating insects.  Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ also provides the gardener with the advantage of its long flowering period.

These Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, these daffodils are pictured in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is a scented daffodil with a long flowering period.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’

These Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here in flower, on the 29th April 2018.

The 50 Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ bulbs that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced a total of 173 flowering stems, which held a total of 519 flowers between them, creating a floral display that lasted for 25 days.

These Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here in flower, on the 2nd May 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ is a very floriferous daffodil. Sadly, I was unable to detect any scent from the flowers produced by this daffodil cultivar.

Scented daffodils

Fragrant daffodils deliver an uplifting joy and bring an unadulterated cheer into the spring garden; these scented daffodils can brighten your view and gladden your heart.  Many daffodil cultivars are listed as being scented, but some daffodil cultivars are more perfumed and more pleasing than others.  All of the daffodil cultivars that were chosen for this trial were selected because they were listed as being scented.  Sadly, some daffodil cultivars were less fragrant than others.

Fragrance can be subjective, as we each detect different scent notes and have differing preferences.  The fragrances of many flowers develop and become more pronounced in warmer weather, as the heat helps to release the perfumed oils the plants produce.  In warmer temperatures, pollinating insects can be found in greater numbers, these insects are more likely to discover the flowers which produce a powerful scent.

A scent which is pleasurable to some, can be offensive to others.  It’s also true that the fragrances of many flowers change as the flowers age and develop, so the scent that radiates from a young flower may be entirely different from the fragrance which an older flower of the same variety exudes.

I have listed the daffodil cultivars in ascending order – starting with the daffodil cultivars which had no detectable fragrance, following the unscented daffodils, I have listed the daffodils that produced light fragrances, and working up towards the daffodil cultivars that produced the most powerful fragrances, with my interpretation of each scent listed for each cultivar.  I have graded each daffodil’s scent strength from 0 = no detectable fragrance, to 1 = the lightest fragrance, all the way up to 10 = the strongest fragrance.

Daffodils that produced no detectable fragrance

Narcissus ‘Elka’

Narcissus ‘Elka’ pictured in flower on the 6th April 2018, these plants were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elka’, which produced no detectable fragrance, despite a great many checks and close encounters.  Scent level 0

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ is a very floriferous daffodil. Sadly, I was unable to detect any scent from the flowers produced by this daffodil cultivar.

Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ produced no detectable fragrance, despite a great many checks and close encounters.  Scent level 0

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’

There Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ flowers were pictured on the 20th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Elvin’s Voice’ produced no detectable fragrance, despite a great many checks and close encounters.  Scent level 0

Daffodils that produced a light to medium fragrance

Narcissus ‘Verdin’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 16th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs produced 75 flowering stems, which held 150 flowers between them.

The flowers of Narcissus ‘Verdin’ produce a very light fragrance, which can only be detected during a very close encounter, on a warm day.  Narcissus ‘Verdin’ flowers produce a very light scent, one which is similar to how you would expect a traditional trumpet daffodil to smell.  This daffodil’s faint, fresh perfume also has fragrance notes of banana, herbs, and emulsion paint!  Scent level 1

Narcissus ‘Quail’

Narcissus ‘Quail’, pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Quail’ produces a light fragrance, which has a traditional daffodil scent character – akin to the scent produced by the large yellow trumpet daffodils that are frequently found in parks and gardens, with an added hint of citrus.  You’ll need a close encounter to discover this daffodil’s light perfume.  Scent level 2

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’

These Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ flowers are pictured on the 29th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ produces a light, fresh scent, which has a floral tone, having said that I must state that this daffodil’s perfume is not particularly sweet – there is an underlying tone of crushed flowering stems.  Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ smells a little like a florist’s shop, but as this scent is very light, you’ll have to get up close to this daffodil cultivar’s flowers to discover its fragrance for yourself.  Scent level 2.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

These Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured on the 20th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’ produces a light fragrance, I needed to have a close encounter to experience this daffodil’s perfume for myself.  This daffodil’s fragrance was rather earthy in its character, it produced a scent which was like the garden after the rain, but with just a hint of soap and lemon!  Scent Level: 2

Narcissus ‘Segovia’

This Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flower is pictured on the 26th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus Segovia flowers produced a light fragrance, which was only detectable during a close encounter.  This daffodil’s fragrance is very sweet, it has a scent which is reminiscent of lemon sherbet sweets.  Narcissus ‘Segovia’ flowers produce a fragrance which has scent notes of rose, freesia, lemon sherbet filled sweets, and is in some moments reminiscent of the scent of the yellow slices of bananas, which are coated in sugar and honey and dried – you know the bananas that you find in health food shops.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘White Lady’

This Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower is pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lady’ produces a light perfume, which I found to display a distinct incense scent character, this is a light, musky fragrance, which has hints of lemon, lime, aniseed, peppermint, freesia, and apple.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is pictured in flower, on the 6th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is a teeny, tiny daffodil cultivar, which produces flower fairy sized flowers, this daffodil is so much smaller than the other daffodil cultivars in this trial, Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ is ideal for containers or window boxes.  Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ flowers produce a very pleasing fragrance which is akin to Freesia, there is also a scent note which is reminiscent of children’s lemon sherbet sweets, and an under lying scent note of Robinson’s barley orange squash!  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’

These Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 6th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flowers produced a light fragrance, which is reminiscent of the traditional daffodil scent you expect to find in a daffodil, with a variety of different scent notes including Hypericum, bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), Fuchsia, and spice.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘Pipit’

As the flowers of Narcissus ‘Pipit’ age the trumpets turn to white. Narcissus ‘Pipit’ is pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers produced a light, but unexpected fragrance, which was OK – I didn’t find this daffodil’s perfume to be unpleasant, but nether was it pleasing.  I found that the Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers produced a scent which was a little bit like Ribes, but with a lemon scent note and a slight hint of ash!  This daffodil produces a light scent, I needed to have my  nose right next to the flower to take in its perfume.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘Actaea’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Actaea’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced 43 flowering stems, which held 43 flowers, creating a display that lasted for 18 days.

Narcissus ‘Actaea’ flowers produce a light, pleasing fragrance, which is a traditional daffodil type scent – the scent you look for in a daffodil, with a hint of added lemon and a touch of aniseed.  Scent level: 3

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flowers were pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ produces a light, pleasing fragrance, which is reminiscent of freesia, with a hint of rose to its perfume.  Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ produces a perfume which is sweet and gentle, there’s a subtle hint of melon in this daffodil cultivar’s fragrance.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘Thalia’

Narcissus ‘Thalia’ is a Triandrus Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 5 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured in flower, on the 16th April 2018.

The Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers produced a light, sweet fragrance, which was very floral and sweet, with hints of freesia and hyacinth.  Scent level 3.

Narcissus ‘Petit Four’

These Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ daffodils are pictured as young flowers, on the 6th April 2018, at this time these daffodils display double, yellow coloured coronas or cups, and yellow and white outer petals.

The Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ flowers produced a fragrance which had a strong aniseed character.  Scent level 3

Narcissus ‘White Lion’

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ is a Double Daffodil Cultivar, from Division 4 of the RHS Daffodil Classification System. These White Lion daffodils are pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘White Lion’ flowers produce a fragrance which brings to mind a cross between inside of a florist’s shop and a garden filled with Rhododendrons and Azaleas.  This is a complex fragrance, which has many characters, including Rhododendron, Azalea, and rose, with the underlying hint of crushed Chrysanthemum stems. Scent level 5

Daffodils that produce a powerful fragrance

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’

These Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured on the 11th April 2018.

Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flowers produce a scent which is sweet but more complex than you might expect, this is a predominantly fruity scent with scent notes of orange blossom, hyacinth, lemon, citrus, quince, pepper and spice.  At times this daffodil’s perfume had a faint hint of tobacco to its fragrance.  Scent level 6

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’

Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ is a scented daffodil with a long flowering period.

The flowers of the Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ daffodils produced a very pleasing scent which is subtle and gentle but somehow permeates through the garden.  Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flowers produce a soothing fragrance which features freesia, citrus, quince, and traditional daffodil scent notes.  Scent level 6

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’

The 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial flowered from the 16th April 2018 until the 10th May 2018. These 50 Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ bulbs produced 72 flowering stems, which held 144 flowers between them.

Narcissus ‘Blushing Lady’ flowers produce a pleasing floral fragrance, which is reminiscent of rose and freesia, with a subtle, underlying citrus scent note and a hint of sherbet.  Scent level 6

Narcissus ‘Cragford’

These Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers are pictured on the 19th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Cragford’ flowers produce a fragrance which is dominated by citrus, this scent is fresh and sweet, it’s a very lemony scent, with a hint of lime and orange blossom.  Lovely!  Scent level 6

Narcissus ‘Lieke’

The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Lieke’ that were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial created a floral display that lasted for 29 days. These flowers are pictured on the 6th May 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

The flowers of Narcissus ‘Lieke’ produce a very floral fragrance, it’s rather like the standing near the freesias inside the best florist shop in town!  I would describe this daffodil’s perfume as being very reminiscent of freesias, with a hint of lemon and rose.  Delightful!  Scent level 6

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’

These Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers are pictured on the 23rd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flowers produce a sweet, floral fragrance, which is very pleasing.  I detected prominent scent characters of freesia and rose, combined with lighter underlying scent notes of citrus, cucumber, and melon.  Scent level 6

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus

Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus pictured on the 9th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flowers that were grown for this trial produced a sweet, soothing, and uplifting perfume, which was never over powering, yet could be enjoyed in any part of the trials area and beyond!  Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flowers produce a sweet, musky perfume, which I often found to be reminiscent of the perfume produced by Matthiola flowers, which are also known by their common name of stocks.  Within Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flowers’ scent I also detected fragrance notes of clover and sweet hay.  The fragrance produced by Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus flowers was delightful, it was always so pleasing and was welcomed at any time of day or night.  Scent level 8

Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’

This photograph shows a number of Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers, the coronas, or trumpets, of the oldest of these daffodil flowers have aged from orange to an attractive golden colour. These Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they’re pictured here on the 19th April 2018.

The perfume from the Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers that were grown for this trial filled the air with their decedent fragrance.  Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flowers produce a scent which is reminiscent of roses and freesias.  I absolutely loved this daffodil’s fragrance, but it was not as popular with the visitors to my trial, with many stating that although they loved the scent, they did not want a daffodil to smell like a rose!  Scent level 9

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’

Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is pictured on the 24th April 2018, this daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

The flowers of Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ produce an absolutely fabulous, sweet and fruity fragrance!  This is a highly perfumed daffodil, which produces a scent that is reminiscent of hyacinths, with an underlying fruity character; I detected fragrance notes of orange blossom, lemon, and citrus.  Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ is a truly powerfully scented daffodil, for me this is such an uplifting, pleasing fragrance, which is warm and summery.  The flowers of Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’ fill the garden with their delightful scent.  Scent level 9

Popular daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial

I invited the visitors that came to see my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial with the opportunity to vote for their favourite daffodil, first by appearance, and then in an entirely separate vote, their favourite daffodil by scent.  Here are the results of the voting:

This chart shows the favourite varieties as voted for by visitors to my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This chart shows the daffodil varieties with the best-liked scent, as voted for by visitors to my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Many visitors told me that they disliked the fragrance produced by Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’, despite enjoying this daffodil’s perfume, as they did not want their daffodil to smell like a rose!

Daffodil abnormalities and rogue daffodil flowers

Rogue daffodil bulbs can be really quite annoying!  It is frustrating not to have received the daffodil cultivar that you have paid for, even if your order features just a few daffodil bulbs from a large order that were incorrectly included.  Rogue daffodil bulbs can be particularly annoying if they spoil your display, an all white border may not be quite as pleasing as you would hope for if your order contains a number of daffodil bulbs which produce flowers that clash with your colour scheme.  Many of the rogue daffodil bulbs that came with the bulbs I ordered for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial produced their flowers a little earlier or later which lessened the impact of my chosen daffodil cultivar.  Some of the rogue daffodils produced blooms which were held on much taller flowering stems, which looked rather gangly in amongst the shorter flowering Narcissi, while other rogues produced shorter flowers which were lost amongst the foliage of my chosen daffodils.

A few rogue daffodil bulbs made it into my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.  These rogue daffodil bulbs made up one or two daffodils out of the 50 that were ordered, these rogue daffodils came with the bags of daffodil cultivars I ordered, but were not the correct daffodil cultivars that I was hoping for.  

Rogue daffodil bulbs included with Narcissus ‘Keats’

This yellow trumpet daffodil was included in my order of Narcissus ‘Keats’, which was purchased for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

There wasn’t a single Narcissus ‘Keats’ bulb included in the fifty bulbs I ordered from Sarah Raven, all of the bulbs I received were of other cultivars.  Most of the daffodil bulbs I received in this order were of Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ bulbs, but there were a few of these very tall, traditional yellow trumpet daffodils included in my order.

This yellow trumpet daffodil was included in my order of Narcissus ‘Keats’, which was purchased for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Rogue daffodil bulbs included with Narcissus ‘Rose of May’

There wasn’t a single Narcissus ‘Rose of May’ bulb included in my order.  All of the 50 daffodil bulbs that I was sent for my purchase of Narcissus ‘Rose of May’ turned out to be Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ instead.

Rogue daffodil bulbs included with Narcissus ‘Thalia’

This rogue daffodil came with my order of Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers which were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. These daffodils are pictured on the 4th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Rogue daffodils included with Narcissus ‘Verdin’

This daffodil was a rogue that appeared within my Narcissus ‘Verdin’ bulbs. Pictured on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Incorrect bulbs and Malformed daffodil flowers

Sadly I was sent an entirely different set of daffodil bulbs from the Narcissus ‘Rose of May’ bulbs that I ordered, so all of these 50 bulbs were incorrect, as I received Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ instead of Narcissus ‘Rose of May’.  Of these incorrectly sent bulbs, some of these produced malformed flowers.

This malformed Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ daffodil flower was grown for my Scented Daffodil Trial 2018.

This is another malformed Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ flower, which was grown for my Scented Daffodil Trial 2018.

Pests and diseases

The daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial received no protection whatsoever from any pests and diseases.

Pests

Slugs and Snails

March 2018 was a cold, snowy, rainy, and occasionally sunny month for the daffodils grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial.  Once the snow melted, we experienced an Easter where the plants experienced prolonged period of rain and inclement weather, which provided the slugs and snails with their favourite weather conditions!  The daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial received no protection from slugs or snails at any time, if I spotted a slug or snail I left it where it was, I never once removed any of these mollusks, or indeed any pests, this allowed me to observe whether any particular daffodil cultivar was more or less attractive to slugs and snails.  As a consequence, inevitably slugs and snails caused some damage to the daffodils grown for this trial.

This Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This flower has been damaged by slugs or snails.

Some of the daffodil cultivars that featured in my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial seemed to be less attractive to slugs and snails than others.  Some of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this trial seemed to be more popular with slugs and snails, than other trialled daffodils.

During my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial some of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this trial were clearly more attractive and appetising to the slugs and snails that reside in my trials area than others.  The daffodil cultivars that sustained the most damage during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were:

  • Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’
  • Narcissus ‘Lancaster’
  • Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’
  • Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’
  • Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’

Can you spot the slug on these Narcissus ‘Thalia’ flowers? These daffodils were pictured on the 11th April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

A Narcissus ‘Quail’ flower bud, grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial and pictured on the 6th April 2018.

This Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flower hasn’t fully opened, yet this slug is already devouring this bloom. This daffodil was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, it’s pictured on the 11th April 2018.

This Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’ flower is being consumed by a slug. Pictured on the 11th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Three slugs are feasting on this one Narcissus ‘Petit Four’ daffodil flower, which was one of many grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This particular flower is being eaten from the inside of the daffodil’s trumpet by a slug! Pictured on the 10th April 2018.

This garden snail, which is also known by its scientific name of Cornu aspersum, is pictured on the leaves of Narcissus ‘Thalia’, on the 18th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A small garden snail, also known by its scientific name of Cornu aspersum, has sought refuge inside the corona of this Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flower. These Narcissus ‘Pipit’ flowers were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, they are pictured here in flower, on the 22nd April 2018.

This Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flower is pictured after a slug or a snail has eaten off the flower’s cup or corona in its entirety. As seen on the 22nd April 2018, during my Scented Daffodil Trial.

A tiny snail is sheltering inside a Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 25th April 2018.

A slug feeding on a Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’ plant that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. Pictured on the 10th April 2018.

This Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’ flower has a slug hidden within its flower. Pictured on the 28th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A pretty Cepaea hortensis, or white lipped snail, resting on a Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flowering stem. Pictured on the 8th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

This garden snail, which is also known by its scientific name of Cornu aspersum, is resting on Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus leaves. Pictured on the 8th May 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

If you’re interested in protecting your daffodils, or indeed any of your garden plants from slugs or snails, you might be interested in the results from my Slug and Snail Trial, if so, please click here.

Thrips

I spotted thrips a few times on daffodil flowers grown for this trial.  Thrips are such a small insect, so it’s very likely that I could have missed many more of these pests on the daffodils that were grown for this trial.  I couldn’t find any particular daffodil cultivar to be any more, or less, attractive to thrips than any others.

Can you spot the thrips on the trumpet of this Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flower? This Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’ flower was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, it’s pictured here on the 7th April 2018.

Insects

I didn’t see as many insects as usual during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, this was perhaps on account of the prolonged period of cold weather that lasted until the end of March 2018.  Here are some of the insects that I spotted during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial:

Pollen beetles

This pollen beetle is pictured inside the corona of a daffodil that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, pictured on the 6th April 2018.

This pollen beetle is pictured inside the corona of a daffodil that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, pictured on the 6th April 2018.

This pollen beetle, also known by its scientific name of Meligethes, is pictured on a Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ trumpet; a daffodil’s trumpet is also known as a corona. Pictured on the 7th April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Shield bugs

This common green shield bug, which is also known by its scientific name of Palomena prasina, was one of many insects spotted during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This shield bug is pictured resting on a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower bud, on the 14th April 2018.

This common green shield bug, which is also known by its scientific name of Palomena prasina, was one of many insects spotted during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial. This shield bug is pictured resting on a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower bud, on the 14th April 2018.

Spiders

Many spiders were seen during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, don’t worry though – I’ve only included two spider photographs!

A crab spider, also known by its scientific name of Misumena vatia, pictured on a Narcissus ‘White Lady’ flower that was grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, on the 25th April 2018.

There’s a spider inside this Narcissus ‘Sweetness’ flower. Pictured on the 22nd April 2018, during my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Birds

A great many birds frequented the area where the daffodils were grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, during the time that the trial was in progress.  Robins, blackbirds, dunnocks, gold finches, blue tits, long tailed tits, pigeons, and other birds, were often seen amongst the daffodils.  The birds were often seen foraging for food among the plants, sometimes the birds were seen picking insects off the daffodil plants, other times the birds preyed upon slugs, snails, worms, or other creatures that were on, or in the soil.

A Robin, also known by its scientific name of Erithacus rubecula, pictured foraging for food amongst the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

A Dunnock, also known by its scientific name of Prunella modularis, pictured foraging for food amongst the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial.

Diseases

Narcissus Yellow Stripe Virus and other daffodil viruses

I was sorry to discover that some of the daffodils that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were infected with a virus, or viruses, and therefore had to be destroyed, so as to limit the spread of viruses to my other healthy plants.  Sadly, the bulbs of Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’, the top performing daffodil in my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial suffered with a virus and had to be destroyed, which was a great shame, as I was so looking forward to seeing this daffodil in bloom.  I had been keen to directly compare Narcissus ‘Grand Soleil d’Or’ with the daffodils grown for my 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial, so I was sorry to lose this opportunity.

A virused daffodil bulb.

I felt that the leaves of many of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial did not look as solid a green as I would have wished for, leading me to question whether or not they were suffering from a virus.  The daffodils’ leaves could have looked less verdant a green due to the weather – the late snow certainly didn’t help anyone, least of all the daffodils that were grown for this trial!

Conclusions

  • The most fragrant of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this 2018 Scented Daffodil Trial were Narcissus ‘Fragrant Breeze’, Narcissus ‘Golden Dawn’, and Narcissus poeticus var. recurvus.
  • Sadly, not all of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial were obviously fragrant, despite the fact that every daffodil that was selected for this Trial was chosen as it was described as a fragrant daffodil cultivar.
  • Narcissus ‘Lancaster’ flowered for 40 days, this was the longest flowering period experienced out of all of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial!
  • The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Moonlight Sensation’ that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced 640 flowers – the most flowers of all of the daffodil cultivars grown for this Trial!
  • The 50 bulbs of Narcissus ‘Sunlight Sensation’ that were grown for this Scented Daffodil Trial produced 173 flowering stems, the most flowering stems of all of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this Trial!
  • Narcissus ‘Lancaster’, Narcissus ‘Elka’, Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, Narcissus ‘Quail’, Narcissus ‘Sweetness’, Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’, Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’, and Narcissus ‘Lieke’, all proved to be resilient daffodil cultivars that were not prone to collapsing during periods of inclement weather.
  • Of all of the daffodil cultivars that were grown for this trial, Narcissus ‘Butterfingers’ and Narcissus ‘Segovia’ were the most prone to collapsing during periods of wet or windy weather, if you wish to grow these daffodil cultivars, I would strongly advise you to provide support for your plants, early in the growing season.
  • Narcissus ‘Sabrosa’, Narcissus ‘Lancaster’, Narcissus ‘Sweet Smiles’, Narcissus ‘Sweet Love’, and Narcissus ‘Starlight Sensation’, all proved to be more attractive to slugs and snails than the other trialled daffodil cultivars during this trial.  If you intend to grow these daffodils, you may wish to see the results of my Slug and Snail Trial, to find a natural method of protecting your plants from slugs and snails..

Other Trials

You may be interested in some of the trials I have conducted.

Scented Daffodil Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2017 Scented Daffodil Trial, please click here.

Compost Trial Reports

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Sweet Pea Trial Reports

To read the results of my 2017 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2016 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

To read the results of my 2015 Sweet Pea Trial, please click here.

Terrarium, Vivarium, and Orchidarium Trials

To see how my Orchidarium was created, please click here.

To read the first part of my White Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Madagascar BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read the first part of my Miniature Orchid BiOrbAir Terrarium Trial, please click here.

To read about the general care I give to my orchids and terrarium plants, and the general maintenance I give to my BiOrbAir terrariums, please click here.

To read how I track the temperature, humidity, and light conditions inside my terrariums, please click here.

Daffodil Articles

Daffodil Information

To learn more about daffodils, please click here.

For information about beautiful scented daffodil varieties, please click here.

For information on using daffodils as cut flowers, please click here.

For more information about daffodils and daffodil societies, please click here.

I have a whole section of my website dedicated to daffodils where you’ll find every daffodil article, here’s a link.

Buying Daffodils

For information on suppliers of daffodil bulbs, please click here.

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One thought on “Scented Daffodil Trial 2018

  1. Anne

    August 25, 2018 at 4:59pm

    I love the pictures of the daffodils. I love daffodils, especially the white ones, the pink and orange ones. Thank you for enlightening me.

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      Pumpkin Beth

      August 25, 2018 at 6:01pm

      Hello Anne,
      Thank you for your message, I am so glad that you enjoyed this Daffodil Trial. I hope you have found a few new favourite daffodils to savour next spring!
      Kind regards
      Beth

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  2. Gareth Richards

    October 4, 2018 at 2:18pm

    Thanks for a really interesting and informative piece. Reminded me of some issues I’ve had with suppliers too. It’s sad to see you had problems with mis-labelled bulbs. I bought ‘Keats’ from Sarah Raven in 2016 and not a single bulb was the correct variety! I’m cross on your behalf that they mis-sold the variety again the next year. Also, the otherwise lovely nursery Pottertons website shows ‘Leike’ as being bright green which it isn’t!! Pottertons Lieke

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      Pumpkin Beth

      October 4, 2018 at 7:05pm

      Hello Gareth,

      Thanks for your message, it’s great to hear from you. I too bought ‘Keats’ from Sarah Raven in 2016, I received the wrong bulbs that year too – but I did not receive ‘Lancaster’ that time, it was a different variety that I was sent on that occasion! I spend a fortune on my trials and a phenomenal amount of work goes into each trial, so as I was able to identify the wrongly sold bulbs, I included them in my trial reports. It is incredibly frustrating being mis-sold products, especially with plants when you have spent so much time and effort, as well as money on all of the other components to grow the plant successfully, only to find out that it was not the one you wanted!

      It is difficult with photographs as lighting and the time of day, as well as the age of the flower all impact the colour of the image, our own computers and phones also display colours differently, so you and I could view the same image and it could appear differently to each of us. I go to great lengths to take accurate photographs of the plants I have grown.

      Best wishes, Beth

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