For years, we have simply enjoyed the yellow sea of Daffodils in the garden without knowing their true identities. Originally planted in the 1930’s, as part of major structural changes to both the house and garden (believed) by Clough William-Ellis, the daffodils are an important element of the garden. Since the purchase of the house in 1960’s, a minor few cultivars were added, but the daffodils have largely, been left to their own devices. Hence, and long overdue, I thought we ought to find out which cultivars make up that delightful yellow splendor.

Classification of the genus is by the set divisions; Trumpet, Large-cupped, Small-cupped, Double, Triandrus, Cyclamincus, Jonquil, Tazetta, Poeticus, Bulbocodium and Split-cupped (Collar or Papillon). However, despite being able to narrow down the search to specific classifications, identification is still taxing, as there is just such a vast number of cultivars, many of which look almost identical. That is probably purely down to personal oversight or perhaps, its time for a trip to Specsavers.

Through our feeble detective work, we identified a few, though probably all wrongly. Detective work is ongoing, with books and experts being consulted. Mystery cultivars are temporarily numbered, just in case you recognise any in the meantime. As the season progresses, new finds will be added. Similarly, any (confident) identifications when so found.

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Comments: 40

  1. Petra, Your “Early Bride?” looks like ‘John Evelyn’; “To be identified 1” is ‘Golden Mary’; “To be identified 3” is ‘Amabilis’. See our website ( for further details.

  2. I am not sure how to navigate your site, but the small cupped white narcissus is a Triandrus cultivar. I think it is ‘Thalia’.

    • Sorry, the flower to which I refer is “to be identified 3.”

    • “To be identified 1” resembles the “Campernelle” daffodil, Narcissus x Odora. If so, it will have thinner grass-like foliage and a lovely fragrance.

      • Thank you. I will look up Campernelle and make a note of the foliage and scent when they come up in the spring. Much appreciated.

        • I hope you do have Campernelles. They are a living link to history. They date to at least 1601!

        • Have they bloomed yet? Are they Campernelles?

    • ‘Red Devon’ was released in 1943 and became popular in the 1950’s. I suspect yours is a similar but different cultivar in the “large cup” division.

  3. Wonderful page! When I landed my eyes were delighted by the beauty of it all, thank you:~)

  4. I have come to daffodils over the last few years. I would be just the same. I hear the call to love the beauty but I want to know, to categorise and record. Otherwise how can you recreate? And yet I want to know only in order to swoon and dream. Odd that.

  5. In an attempt to identify some of the cultivars, experts have been consulted, and thankfully the RHS (Members’ Advisory Service) have provided some guidance, as well as kind fellow bloggers such as Sage Butterfly. The International Daffodil Registrar, based at Wisley, has looked at the photos and made some tentative suggestions. However, they said that it is very difficult to identify daffodils as with 27,000 unique daffodils registered, identification can never be 100% certain. We may have bitten off more than we can chew…

  6. Thanks to the @RHS (and @SabatinoUrzo), some more daffodils identified – There are still some to be named though.

  7. Thanks for sharing this kind of post…Hope you will continue to share..

  8. That looks like a very nice set of Daffodils. How I wish I can also have some in our garden.

  9. How lovely this sea of daffodils, great pictures as well, provides a strong sense of Easter, spring and new (garden) life. And how easy they are, requiring little or no work!!

  10. I love the daffodil dip! This time of year has so much promise of the year ahead. I love it (even if we are about to have another cold snap!)

  11. So beautiful! I needed this today. Can’t wait until the daffodils I planted last autumn start to grow. Thanks for this wonderful post.

  12. These photos are amazing. I’ve never really loved daffodils except when en masse like this, spread out across a meadow. How wonderful that you get to have this on your own plot.

  13. They are all simply stunning. Daffodils are of course not something I can grow here in the tropics, but I most certainly do enjoy seeing wonderful photos of them. Great shots.

  14. I love your place! You have a nice display of blooms to welcome spring. Love my garden blogging buddies! Your daffs are wonderful, as are all your plantings.

  15. I walk around every year to identify spots where I can add more. I know some of the varieties but not all. I love the field of them in your photo…

    • You can identify some the varieties from the photographs? Please do let me know which ones, and their respective cultivars?

      • I believe the yellow with the orange center is the Fortissimo daffodil. The white with thin outer petals is the Thalia. The large one with white outer petals and yellow center is the Trumpet Daffodil Magnet. These are my best guesses….hope it helps.

        • Thank you! That is most helpful. Some emails have been sent out to various experts to see if they can help further also. Thank you again, much appreciated.

  16. Wow that’s quite a task. I’m pretty hopeless at recording and remembering what I’ve planted. I have a box somewhere of plant labels and I know I should sit down and sort through them and make a note of where things are. Maybe that’s a job I can start next winter. Good luck and keep us posted.

  17. Wow, that’s quite a project! Should be very interesting though. At least you get to look at beautiful flowers! Good luck!

  18. What a wonderful project, although I don’t envy you the task with that beautiful ‘host of golden daffodils’ :)
    We are pretty much bereft of daffs, and I keep forgetting to get some bulbs in, there were loads here when I was a nipper.
    Good luck in your Herculean task :)

    • Herculean seems to be the operative word…. They are lovely, worth planting a few as a reminder of those lovely ‘nipper’ days!

  19. Whatever the names, you have a beautiful feast for the eyes. I am glad you are doing this, because there is one in particular which I admire. When you identify it, hopefully I can seek it out for next year.

    • I will do my best! Out of curiosity, which daff was it that took your fancy?

  20. RT @Petra_HM: Do you know your Daffodils? #helpmuchappreciated

  21. Good luck Petra – quite a task. Think you need to find a daff expert to come over and have a look! The moral of the tale is that we all need to keep records of things we plant although that makes a huge assumption that what we are planting or doing in our garden has any interest for future generations that inherit our dreams and plans. Meanwhile enjoy the daffodil dip for what it is and perhaps worry less about identifying – the previous owners gave you a beautiful gift.

    • Very wise! It is beautiful and we do love it. It will take some effort not to wonder what they are though. Think the daff expert is a good option and will investigate if any are interested to come and have a look. They’d have to come sooner rather than later…!

  22. RT @Petra_HM: Do you know your Daffodils? #helpmuchappreciated

  23. Certainly impressed with your plans. Every time I look closely, they’re different, so wish you luck!

    • That’s my main problem. They all look the same! In the garden as well as from the photographs. Also, in some of the (old) reference books, the photographs, or printing aren’t brilliant which makes colour identification rather tedious too. What have I started?

  24. Blimey. That’s quite an undertaking, Petra. When you have id’d them all, can you head over my way and make a start on mine? Thanks. D

    • Yes, perhaps its bonkers. Am sure over the years many have hybridised which makes normal identification even more difficult. I may be some time,….

  25. That’s a bit short! Almost Morse code..

    I can’t identify the ones I planted, which starts me off with a shortlist. Bravo if you can do it – better hope they haven’t hybridised?


    • So short it makes me feel queasy! Working on a long article, just to get things back to normal. Was a tad worried putting up a post about Daffodils as thought you valued their coverage as much as that of snowdrops! Think this task may get the better of us, as I am sure that most have hybridised! Perhaps we have something new and exciting growing in the garden….?

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