My browsing started out innocently.... Gladiolas and Oriental Lilies, yawn. The Lily Tree was interesting, because of its massive size, but isn't something I'd want in my garden. I paused on the Venus False Sunflower, but only to consider looking for its seeds. I kept flipping non-chalantly through Amaryllis, scores of Dahlias and some Begonias. Then I turned to the magic that is page 19 and read three beautiful words. Three words I'd only dreamed of reading before: Summer-Blooming Daffodils.
Can it really be true? Is my all-time favorite flower, the lovely daffodil, not really limited to a brief spring showing? I turned to my trusted friend Google for answers (and to try and find these lovelies for a cheaper price!), but I found little. Most sites directed one back to Breck's. Whose site has few details on summer daffs.
Michigan Bulb's site offered a small bit of explanation as to why I'd never heard of summer daffs before:
These daffodils are unusual because of their summer flowering tendencies. Extremely nice fragrance. Developed in 1951, but only recently brought into mass-cultivation.
But Vesey's Canadian site dashed my hopes a bit by claiming that Summer Cheer (Narcissus'Erlicheer'):
The fragrant flowers appear in June or July the first growing season, then in the spring in subsequent years.
If they only bloom in summer the first year, what's the frickin' point?
I can't find any gardeners who have written about summer-blooming daffs online. I need non-commercial confirmation or denial of these summer-blooming daff claims. Has anyone grown these lovelies?
I might just have to buy some and experiment. Purely in the name of research of course. Luckily, the Breck's catalog has one of those lovely, but evil, $25 off a $50 purchase coupons.