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Narcissus pseudonarcissus
One of the narcissus that I grow in my Belfast garden was rescued four years ago from an old cottage garden in Newcastle. The cottage, with a garden on a large site, was being demolished to be replaced by five bungalows. I took the opportunity to lift as many of the narcissus bulbs as possible before the bulldozers moved in and obliterated them forever.

This narcissus has an elegant, long, narrow, lemon-yellow corona with equally elegant, long, soft-primrose yellow petals, each of which has a twist in it. It grows to a height of about 30 or 40 centimetres, and I have seen it grow in other old and established gardens. It flowers with me from late March to mid April. Although I assumed the plant was an old variety, I have been unable to find it in a book. After reading Richard Mabey's "Flora Britannica", I now think that the plant could be a garden or cultivated form of the native wild daffodil.

Although these bulbs had been cultivated in a cottage garden and rescued from certain destruction, please do not consider digging up any plants or bulbs from the wild. Where possible buy native plants from reputable nurseries that propagate the plants and can verify their provenance.

Copyright A Walsh 2002-2007