- 14 September 2012
There’s no shortage of daffodils from which to choose. There are over two thousand varieties in the current RHS Plant Finder, although most are only available in small numbers from one specialist supplier, but any new daffodil has still got to be good to be worth choosing above established varieties. ‘Jamestown’ (above) is a lovely elegant daffodil. Not gaudy and shockingly yellow like some, but more of a more subtle combination of colours, the wide pure white petals - the perianth – can make a flower which is over 3in/7.5cm across and form a bright, clean background for the small cup. Golden yellow in colour, the cup has a neat orange rim, which is noticeably frilly, and shades to vivid green in the centre.
Flowering in April, and reaching about 14-16in/35-40cm in height, ‘Jamestown’ is ideal in spring containers where you can appreciate its elegant form, it would look well growing through the yellow foliage of Heuchera ‘Pastiche’ or with blue forget-me-nots. It’s also ideal in clumps of ten towards the front of the border.
‘Jamestown’ was raised in Northern Ireland at the Ballydorn Bulb Farm in Co. Down. One of its parents is the Award of Garden Merit winning ‘Irish Minstrel’. ‘Jamestown’ was available from a specialist a few years ago, then disappeared from catalogues. It is now re-introduced by Suttons and much more widely available.