Friday, 11 April 2014


We inherited quite a range of Narcissus cultivars, planted by our predecessors over the years. Many we don't have a name for, the exceptions being the ones we have added ourselves, such as 'Sophie's Choice' and 'Thalia'. Most of the bigger varieties are growing in rough grass and are gradually multiplying, though their size makes them vulnerable to being flattened by capricious April weather. There is a tremendous range of forms and colours, ranging from the enormous, brash and blowsy 'King Alfreds' to rather more refined selections, which between them cover a tremendously long flowering season. Here are some that are at their colourful best right now.

Narcissus 'Sophie's Choice'
Narcissus 'Thalia'

Narcissus 'King Alfred' ('Drag Queen' would be a better name!)
Pheasant-eye Narcissus poeticus

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