Apr 122016
 

Two Daffodils, two completely different flower forms. Narcissus ‘Golden Cycle’ a clump filling a crevice in the rock garden with the early morning sun making the golden colour stand out perfectly. In comparison; N. ‘Telamonius Plenus’, a misshapen, ugly cultivar that is grown as a botanical curiosity. Double or semi double green tinged flowers. Originating in the Netherlands it dates back to 1620. Having many synonyms through the centuries, one of which was ‘Master Wilmers Great Double Daffodil’, none of which would make me want to grow it.  However as a Botanic Garden we grow a wide range of botanical specimens that exhibit the diversity of the botanical world.

Narcissus 'Golden Cycle'

Narcissus ‘Golden Cycle’

Narcissus 'Telamonius Plenus'

Narcissus ‘Telamonius Plenus’

Narcissus 'Telamonius Plenus'

Narcissus ‘Telamonius Plenus’

  2 Responses to “Beauty and the beast”

  1. Don’t hold back – let that plant know how you really feel about it !

  2. I liked the wordplay and I am with you on the synonym part about it being unappealing!
    However the plants look satisfying and if someone pursues a diverse flower garden I encourage them to include one or the other species.

    Thanks, Steward @ http://www.allansgardeners.co.uk/

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