Posted by: christinelaennec | May 16, 2013

Daffodils: yellow, white and shades in between

My Australian blog-friend “oldblack” commented, regarding the swathes of white daffodils in Aberdeen, that he’d only ever seen yellow ones.  He asked if white daffodils were perhaps a Northern-hemisphere phenomenon?  I’m afraid I will have to leave that question to gardeners of global knowledge.  But it is certainly amazing how many, many varieties of daffodils there are to be had here in Britain.  Here is a small selection, growing in my front garden:

Various daffodils and narcissi in my garden, Aberdeen, 7 May 2013.

Various daffodils / narcissi in my garden, Aberdeen, 7 May 2013.

As you can see, there are some that are yellow with orange trumpets, some that are all-yellow, some that are white with yellow trumpets, and some that are all-white.  There are tiny all-yellow tête-à-tête daffodils at the very left of the photo, and mixed in there (I happen to know) are the tiny and incredibly fragrant “canaliculatus”.  They have tiny white flowers with tiny yellow trumpets and one stem in a vase can scent a room.  I particularly love the all-white daffodils “Mt. Hood” because they remind me of Oregon.  The “pheasant” daffodil, white with a flat reddish trumpet, is also beautifully scented.  And there’s a gorgeously scented double variety (planted by the previous owners of our flat over 11 years ago) whose bloom is so heavy it almost always falls over under its own weight, forcing me to bring it inside where I can enjoy it even more.

I’ve ordered my bulbs for years from the family firm Clare Bulbs in Suffolk, England.  Their website shows the many varieties of daffodils they sell (the Latin name for the daffodil family is “narcissus”), and gives a lot of good information.  One of the pleasures of ordering with them is that Andy always phones to say he’s received the order, and then again to say they’ve been shipped.  I feel as if they’re family friends now, and they’ve always given very good gardening advice.   My order this year will have to be small, as I will probably only plant a few varieties of bulbs in some pots until I can get the garden of our new house a bit more sorted.  But we can’t be without daffodils!

I see they also breed laboradors, but I don’t think Tilly would appreciate me ordering one of those.



  1. Lovely daffs, always so cheery! So nice to think there are still small businesses giving personal service. (those lab pups are very cute, but I don’t think Sandy dog would be too happy either!) 😉 xxx

  2. We have a very heavy blooming daffodill, quite pale, which smells gorgeous. You will have to tell me on Saturday how to find the name. I will try and remember to bring a sample.

  3. Wow! What a great display that is. I love the mixture of colours – clearly Mr Wordsworth didn’t wander lonely as a cloud past your house.

  4. Oooooohhh, I want another lab!!! xx

  5. Your daffodil garden is very lovely, Christine! I do love the scented ones. What a nice garden you are going to pass on to your future homeowners! You will have to leave a little garden map with variety names so they don’t accidently dig up the bulbs. I remember renting a little cottage in Oregon as a young Mother and delighting in the variety of flowers that popped up all over in springtime. I often wondered about the person who planted them with such loving care. A nice legacy to leave.
    I had a black Lab once. She was one of my very favorites. But I can understand Tilly’s point of view on that one! xoxo

  6. A Mt. Hood daffodil 🙂 Thanks for introducing me to that variety, Christine! I have been so blessed in the last few homes I have lived in to benefit from the gardening investments of those who lived there before me. You are leaving a wonderful legacy for the next owners of your current home. Bravos from Gracie!

  7. Lovely! Daffs are such a cheering sight, whichever variety are on offer, but it’s wonderful that there are so many different ones, including scented varieties. I love the wee ones. 🙂 It’s great when you find a company that offers such a good personal service, especially when they give useful advice, that’s priceless.

  8. Daffodils are high on my list of favourite flowers, Christine.

  9. I’m in the northern hemisphere, too, Christine, so I can’t answer about yellow daffodils in the south. They do grow here in Louisiana – long since passed, though as it is late in the season here. ❤

  10. Dear all,
    Thanks for your kind comments. I will be making a wee map of the garden for the new owners, though I know they may want to change lots of things. lancaster7, now you know where to get a new lab!

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