the ones in front that look a lot like "scrambled eggs" has been growing here
for decades, if not longer. It's easy to see why people call it that.
But it's true given name...well, at least its current official name
is Van Sion and is named, according to a history shared
by my friend Scott at Old House Gardens, for
"Vincent Sion, a Fleming, living in London, [who] cherished it in his garden for many years
before it flowered in the year 1620."
This is an heirloom if there ever was one.
And, of course, there's all sorts of discussion
for this daffodil has a mind of its own.*
Some years in this garden it is all gold, as in the photo
other years, it sports streaks of bright green.
Live a few years with a flower like this beauty and
you will come to believe that plants do have personalities.
And they have moods.
i love that this curious individual persists and thrives
all on its own.
The other daff with its glorious glowing trumpet?
He is one of a very handsome crowd
from a bagged mix of unnamed bulbs i couldn't resist at the hardware store.
*From Old House Gardens:
"All ‘Van Sion’ bulbs sold in the US today are grown on a small island off the north coast of the Netherlands. There the climate is perfect for ripening bulbs which will bloom with all of the doubling neatly contained within the trumpet...No matter where you garden, that’s what you can expect to see the first year after you plant them, and that’s what most books and catalogs show you.
But every spring after that, most of these bulbs will produce quite different blooms – shaggy powderpuffs with no sign of a trumpet, as you see in our photos here. And in some years or some gardens, these blooms will be heavily marked with green or they’ll open gnarled and imperfect. Though they’re weirdly charming, these mop-headed blooms are rarely pictured in books or catalogs.
‘Van Sion’ isn’t the only double
daffodil to bloom in two different
forms. Here’s another from
Paradisi in Sole Paradisus,
John Parkinson’s landmark
florilegium of 1629."