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Daffodil introduced by Mrs. R.O. Backhouse in 1921.  What a year!

Mrs R.O. Backhouse, 1921

'Mrs R.O. Backhouse', 1921

Known for years as THEE Pink Daffodil. Her long, straight "stove pipe" trumpet opens more apricot/orange than pink.  Her head nods gracefully and is nicely hooded by large ivory petals that twist elegantly around the trumpet which fades to a quite nice "shell pink". 

"scarely any other single variety has so captured the interest of the public as this one"8. Understandably so.

A personal favorite and just a wonderful heirloom that brings such grace and beautiful to the spring garden.  A nice fragrance as well.  Shows exceptionally well with other white daffodils and purple hyacinth!  Mid-late blooming so plan accordingly.
 
Texas, 1921

Texas, 1921

A flower the size of Texas thought our beloved Sarah Backhouse.  Okay, not really, but this petal packed double is astonishingly large in bud and bloom.  A beautiful old double is packed with yellow and orange petals...a very nice form.  was important as a commercial cut flower for many years and is as stunning today.  Texas is a rare double and has not been offered by Old House Gardens for many years.  By sharing this old heirloom we hope to extend spring beauty for many more generations.  

Like other doubles, Texas has a tendency to blast in dry areas of the country.  A location that is shaded or provides shelter from drying winds will help in providing spectacular spring blooms.
Dick Wellband, 1921

Dick Wellband, 1921

An outstanding heirloom flower with wavy ivory petals which are nicely contrasted by a large, nearly flat and brilliantly colored orange cup. He caused quite the sensation when introduced to the world behind yards and yards of black velvet at the 1921 New York International Flower Show.  While its been many years and many more brilliantly colored daffodils have come and gone but Mr. Wellband has stood the test of time and still causes a stir in the garden each spring.

A daffodil that performs and is well loved in the deep south.

Highly recommended for every spring bulb garden!
 
Little Witch, 1921

Little Witch, 1921

Her swept back petals and straight short trumpet appear as though she is ready for flight.  A witch perhaps, but contrary to the name she is a charming little lady of bright yellow that brings cheer (not fear) to any spring day.

And excellent cultivar for rock gardens or the front of the perennial boarder.  Still offered today by discriminating garden shops. 

A vigorous grower that will soon form large, fluttering masses of spring flowers!

2010 Bulb Prices

Mrs R.O. Backhouse.....................................1-$2.00, 3-$5.00,  5- $8.00, 10-$14.00 Texas..................................................1-$2.00, 3-$5.00, 5- $8.00, 10-$14.00 Dick Wellband..........................................1-$3.00, 3-$8.00 Little Witch...........................................3-$4.00, 5-$6.00, 10-$10.50
historic heirloom daffodils