Thursday, April 07, 2005

Strange Daffodil Possibly Named may show the answer to my spring wondering about the old daffodils that have been growing here at Greenberry House for such a long time. It seems the variety may be Double Campernelle, a mutation of a hybrid from the 1600s. I have only seen it around here but thanks to all of you that offered hints and sightings, I was able to track down this bit of information and picture. My daffodil does have a very light scent. I think I may also have the Single Campernelle in the side garden, another scented variety. The daffodils I planted are showy and larger but have no scent at all.

Now I can look at my garden in the spring and think about daffodils with a history that goes back to Queen Anne's England. The women in my family passed around cuttings and bulbs as treasures, particularly those that appreciated flowers that were easy to care for. Daffodils would have been a delight to women busy with household, garden, livestock and family. Around abandoned homeplaces here there are always daffodils, single and double, fragrant pink roses, lilacs, often yucca, wisteria; all plants that would look after themselves.

Thanks Chris and Cathy, for getting me pointed in the right directions and to those of you that emailed!

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