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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Narcissus ‘Jamestown’: An elegant Irish daffodil

Posted by Graham Rice on 06 Sep 2012 at 12:36 PM

Narcissus 'Jamestown' is an elegant daffodil for borders or containers. Image © Suttons.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’ (left, click to enlarge) 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.

You can order Narcissus ‘Jamestown’ from Suttons.


Le Jardin Anglais said:

Very nice daffodil - hope to be able to find it some time soon this side of the Channel.  Had to smile at the Heuchera 'Pastiche' - H. 'Pistache' one of Thierry Delabroye's introductions that grows better in the North (Northern France, UK, Belgium etc) than down here in the hotter drier south, so always makes me cross when I see wonderful photographs of large clumps, or clients tell me their's measures over 50 cm across.

Kind regards

Jane Phillips

Le Jardin Anglais

Between Bordeaux and Toulouse

on 09 Sep 2012 at 08:31 AM

Graham Rice said:

Instead of 'Pastiche', you could try 'Citronelle - which is almost identical except that it has rounded lobes to its leaves instead of sharp ones. Unfortunately, although Suttons will send seeds to the rest of Europe they will only send bulbs to the UK and Ireland.

on 09 Sep 2012 at 02:07 PM