Last spring I received from a friend of mine, who lives in the centre of the country, this email.
Do you know the name of this daffodil? It is a very sweet looking daffodil, 20 cm high, and the market man did not know better than to call it a 'grass daffodil’.
She added the picture above.
This daffodil is known as a petticoat daffodil. Isn’t that a lovely name? I have been wanting to buy these daffodils for years, but somehow I never did. The other day I read in Peter Nijssen’s catalogue that this daffodil needs a sunny spot and a soil not too dry. It’s full name is: Narcissus bulbocodium subsp. bulbocodium. What a name! I do not think you can sell a bulb with a name like that in a garden centre!
Of course I was a little bit jealous of the beautiful daffodils my friend had bought. So, last autumn I finally took the plunge and bought a 100 of these petticoat daffodils. I even found a spot to plant them in in the backyard! The species I bought is called Narcissus 'Spoirot’. It is named after Hercule Poirot; the detective from the novels of Agatha Christie.
The daffodils are in bloom now, and I have read on the Internet that they can flower for 42 days. That's great news because I will be able to enjoy the lemon coloured flowers for a long time. To admire these flowers however, I will have to lie down on my belly, because the flowers are only 10 cm high.
Nevertheless I can recommend Narcissus' Spoirot’. You will always find a spot for such a small daffodil. For your own garden, you should really be investigating them!
The daffodils in my garden
Is it not lovely?
They say they flower for 42 days!
I like the shape.