Narcissus Galore

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Last Autumn I decided to invest in some different narcissus for the garden to try to add more interest and because I am quite interested in the variety.  This last week with slightly warmer temperatures the first ones have started to open.  I have a very ordinary and unknown large yellow daffodil in the garden that was here when we arrived nine years ago and it generally flowers before all the other narcissus.  This year it was severely battered by the snow and frost but there are still some flowering and I think the milder temperatures have meant that they, as well as the snowdrops, have lasted much longer than usual.

The first of my new narcissus is above and I am pretty sure it is W P Milner.  I ordered my bulbs from Peter Nyssen this year as they have a wide range available at very good prices and the quality over the last two years as been excellent.  I made a note of what I ordered and where I intended to plant them.  I know that I followed the planting plan but there are several varieties in each area so I have been peering at Peter Nyssen’s website trying to decide which is which.  I am pretty confident with W P Milner as its colouring is very distinctive to the other narcissus I have.  I love the creases on the trumpet, it looks like a very fine muslin.


The next one is  I believe Minnow.  It could be Canaliculatus but the photograph on the supplier website shows longer petals in relation to the trumpet.  I have some other narcissus that aren’t quite in flower so I suspect these are Canaliculatus.  I have to say I am surprised at how small the flowers are on Minnow although I suspect that is where the name comes from.  It looks very pretty growing amongst blue hyacinths.


Another new narcissus for the garden, this time Geranium.  I like the distinct contrast between the trumpet and the very white petals.  These are planted along the top of the lawn up the garden and are quite striking.


I have had this one for a few years now and I have no idea what it is so if anyone has any idea I would love to know.  It is quite a dainty flower and I like the swept back petals.

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Finally tete a tete, these are planted in the front garden along the edge of the lawn providing a lift to the line of Deschampsia I have planted there.  I am very pleased with the effect but think I  may add some more to increase the effect.

So those are my Narcissus so far this year.  I intend to add more next year especially as I am avoiding having tulips in the main part of the back garden due to the local badgers; addictions.  I am using this post as an aide memoire for the future when I can’t remember which narcissus is which.


19 Comments Add yours

  1. Pauline says:

    You can never have too many narcissus can you! You have a lovely selection, geranium does very well here too, have you noticed what a superb perfume it has?

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Pauline
      I hadnt noticed the scent probably as it will mean getting grubby knees to smell the flowers but I will have a good sniff this evening!

  2. Ellie says:

    Dear Helen
    Is the unamed narcissus ‘Jetfire’? I have some in the garden which do look like that one – small flower, dainty and slightly swept back petals. Lovely photos of a lovely selection.
    Best wishes

    1. Helen Johnstone says:

      Hi Ellie
      It would well be Jetfire as that name rings a bell – I will call it that unless others disagree

  3. Cathy says:

    I have been getting my bulbs from Peter Nyssen for a few years now, Helen, and have never had a reason to be disappointed – they make it so economical to buy larger quantities, so my 500 Tete-a-Tete were a viable proposition. I like the look of the ‘Geraneum’ variety, particularly if Pauline says they are scented, and the texture of the trumpets on W P Milner looks so tactile. They do lots of species tulips – would they be a target for badgers too (not that you are ever ever going to have badgers in your garden again…)?

  4. There’s something to admire in each one, isn’t there? My friend Margot wrote, “Picking a favorite plant is like choosing a favorite child or favorite dog–senseless and impossible when you love them all.” I have to admit, though, fragrance gets me every time.

  5. jackie says:

    Your narcissi are lovely, Helen. I’m almost sure the top one is WP Milner – I planted lots last autumn and they are looking great in my garden too!

  6. Yvonne Ryan says:

    I am going to my daughter who is ‘plant sitting’ my pots so will check how eg my Tet-a-tete’ etc are coming along. I topped the pots up in Feb when I was staying with her and gave them fertiliser. they are on the cool side of the house so hope haven’t come on too quickly. We have had rain now so slightly autumny – tho’ it was 24 degrees! When I took the dogs for a walk on the beach was thinking ‘silly me – you haven’t had a swim for a week’!!

  7. You have such a lovely selection of narcissi, Helen. Beautiful photos of them.

  8. Jane Scorer says:

    I love W P Milner, it has that lovely crumpled look that makes me think of my (large) ironing pile. I have never really got into narcissi but I ‘get’ them now, after looking at the photos I realise what differences there are between them.

  9. There’s something very charming about daffodils and one can never have enough, it seems. I just ordered Geranium for next autumn. If you want to try a stunner with beautiful scent and about 5 (!) flowers per stem, have a go with Silver Chimes. I’m thrilled, the flowers last ages. Hawera and Petrel are also very beautiful…spoilt for choice, aren’t we 😉

  10. rogerbrook says:

    Lovely daffs Helen. I am afraid I have forgotten the names of most of mine. I have been planning another post on daffodils on my own blog but when I look out of the window and see the results of this persistent wind I am not so sure!

  11. hillwards says:

    We have two little backswept narcissi that flower each year in possibly the only square foot of garden that hasn’t been touched since we’ve been here. I’d fairly positively identified them as Jetfire, and they look just like your unknown specimen so it looks like a good id!

    Your WP Milners look just like ours too. Aren’t they lovely? I thought the petals were rather like rumpled silk… They’re lasting well too, standing through the wind and rain. This year we have more different varieties here than ever before, I have a post half-written on them all which I hope to finish at the weekend!

  12. Your title certainly says it all! What beautiful choices you have made. I thought Jetfire for your unknown daff. The trumpet begins yellow then gradually turns to orange. Mine’s have just about got there! Most of my daffs are new but now I’m going to add Geranium to my list – that is a beautiful flower.
    Thank you for providing recommendations for W P Milners – I shall look into them nearer the time.

  13. How lovely. I have become more interested in having some different types of narcissus, and I rather like that first, it looks a lot like one of those I inherited, but my favourite from your fashion parade has to be ‘Geranium’, despite the fact that it has a silly name for a daff! I love the way that the petals look like scrunched up tissue paper. I know they are not the same as tulips, but beautiful nevertheless.

  14. Hi, Helen, You might find this link handy for a daff ID:

  15. You made some nice purchases. I’m very bad at keeping track of the varieties I plant.

  16. Beautiful choices, Helen. I inherited dozens of daffodils when I moved into my house and I have never had any idea of any of the varieties until now–I, too, have ‘Minnow’ and it is charming. I will check out H@TG’s link above and see if I can determine any of the others. I like your selection of ‘Geranium’ as well–the orange against the stark white is spectacular and I love how the petals are curved. Enjoy their show these coming weeks!

  17. Love your new additions. I also added lots of daffs since I cannot grow tulips due to the deer.

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