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Delightful double daffodil

August 30th, 2019 | Plant Talk with Graham Rice | 0 Comments

Narcissus 'Tete Boucle'

Leafing through the Mr F Autumn 2019 Seed and Plant catalogue this morning, I came across a daffodil I’d never heard of – and it looks lovely!

Now I’m not a big fan of many double flowered daffodils, too often they lack that true essence of what really makes a daffodil. But the dainty little ‘Tête Bouclé’ is different. And when I tell you that it’s related to one of the world’s all time favourite daffs, ‘Tête-à-Tête’, you’ll know I’m being serious.

‘Tête Bouclé’ has small double flowers in bright yellow with orange tints towards the centre. It only reaches about 20cm in height and the stems are strong enough to support what, with all those extra petals, is a relatively heavy flower.

It carries one or, less frequently, two flowers per stem. ‘Tête-à-Tête’ tends to produce either one or two flowers per stem – not guaranteed pairs – and ‘Tête Bouclé’ probably produces more stems with just one flower. But the flowers are so pretty that we don’t really care.

‘Tête Bouclé’ was discovered by Dutch amateur daffodil enthusiast Jan de Winter about ten years ago, one his ‘Tête-à-Tête’ bulbs suddenly produced a double flower and he was smart enough to mark it and separate it out, then to bulk it up.

Why not plant ‘Tête Bouclé’ with plants of Viola ‘Sorbet XP Neptune’ for a lively spring display.