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Donna Race | profile | all galleries >> West Virginia ~ A Journal of the Seasons >> Spring in WV >> West Virginia ~ Our Historic Daffodils >> Historic Daffodils ~ WV ~ 2006 tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

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Historic Daffodils ~ WV ~ 2006

There were Daffodils on our property when we bought it in 2001, none were in bloom when we arrived. For a little background click here:

During blooming season in 2002, we found that we had four varieties. The first to bloom in late March/early April were The first to bloom: 1 Y-Y and Telamonius Plenus "Van Sion" 4 Y-Y, approximately two weeks later the 2 or 3 W-Y (it's hard for me to tell if the corona is more or less than 1/3 of the petals in length). Then late bloomers surprised us in late April/early May.

I believe the late bloomer should be classified as a 3 W-YWR. However, it does appear that most are deformed (or something) since the petals and corona grow in a very strange and convoluted manner. Most of them are all in one small crowded area where it appears they were originally planted. We never dug them up but somehow they survived the excavation. This year clumps appeared in a new area...they may have been moved around and buried by the excavator and dozer.

Every year since 2001 we have had 'throwaways' surviving and blooming in the most unexpected places. These are primarily the chopped up/damaged bulbs from the 2001 digging that were thrown away...not to mention the ones blooming now that were buried by our excavating project.

This summer we plan to dig a section of the initial planting and 'naturalize' them in drifts of mixed colors. Since they are already mixed as planted, and already getting crowded, we had no way of marking them to identify varieties at digging time.

These daffodils are truly survivors, we have done nothing special to them since they were dug and replanted in 2001.
They are all thriving, even the ones planted in my experimental sections; the babies in the 'Nursery' and the iffy neglected sick looking ones in the 'Infirmary'.
We started with approx 9000 bulbs planted five years ago...who knows how many we have now!

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Distorted 3 W - YWR, May 7th Distorted 3 W - YWR, May 7th Distorted 3 W - YWR, May 7th Distorted 3 W - YWR, May 7th
3 W - YWR, May 7th 3 W - YWR, Apr 28th 3 W - YWR, Apr 28th Close up of Daffodil Bouquet, Apr 9th
Daffodil Bouquet, Apr 9th Close up of Daffodil Bouquet, Apr 9th W - Y, Division 2? W - Y, Division 2?
Windy Day Daffodil,1 Y Y, Apr 5th Two Different Daffodils, 2 WY & 1YY, Apr 5th Trio of Daffodils, Apr 5th Van Sion Daffodil, OOF, Apr 5th
Van Sion Daffodil, Apr 5th Basking Daffodil, Apr 2nd Van Sion Daffodil, OOF Framed Van Sion Daffodils, Mar 30th
Van Sion Daffodil, extreme closeup Van Sion Daffodil, Mar 30th Van Sion Daffodil, Mar 30th Another Daffodil Bud, Mar 30th
Daffodil Pair, 1-Y-Y Same Daffodil Pair, different angle,1-Y-Y, Mar 30th 1st Daffodil Blooming, 1-Y-Y Daffodil Bud