Scotland’s Daffodil Festival and presentation of Plaques to Dr D Willis and Mr J Dalton

Scotland’s Daffodil Festival, see hundreds of different varieties of daffodils, heritage, modern and scented, the National Collection of Narcissus Backhouse cultivars. Woodland daffodil walk to covenanters tomb, food market and plant stalls, talks and festival café.
13th & 14th April 2019 at Backhouse Rossie Estate, by Collessie, Ladybank, Fife KY15 7UZ  (

George Anderson MBE and TV Gardening Presenter will be with us at the Spring Festival Weekend, part of Scotland’s Daffodil Festival on Sunday 14th April 2019, presenting two Plaques to acknowledge the outstanding contribution to this project made by Dr David Willis and Jan Dalton.

David Willis is an International authority on genus Narcissus, author of Yellow Fever, senior lecturer in horticulture, creator of Q4, discoverer of new plants including Euphorbia ‘Silver Swan’ best new plant introduction in 2001 at the Plantarium Holland.

Jan Dalton Daffodil Exhibitor. Hybridiser, Researcher, Archivist, Honorary Life Member and Former Chairman of the Daffodil Society.

Caroline Thomson
Director Backhouse Heritage and Education Centre
Founder member The Quaker Garden Trail
M: 0844 414 5803

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AGM and Early Show 24 March 2019

Linda English and
Ron Cain

Dave Hardy and
Ron Cain

Anne Wright and
Ron Cain

What a difference a year makes. In 2018 there was snow and the AGM and accompanying show was cancelled. This year much sunshine and the earliest daffodil season in living memory.

Although the AGM has been accompanied in most years by a small show, this has really been a minor event with few flowers and even fewer exhibitors.

In recent years there has been a growing interest in miniature daffodils. The Winter Show in Belfast and the RHS Show at Rosemoor, Devon have led the the way with flowers on view which have been rarely seen on the show bench because they flower much earlier than the standard varieties. It was therefore decided by the Northern Group to introduce a significant number of classes for miniatures and intermediates and at the same time remove the restrictions currently in place at Daffodil Society shows which only allow approved cultivars and no seedlings.

It was unanimously agreed by all who attended that the experiment was an unqualified success.  There were 187 flowers in the classes for Standard daffodils and 195 in those for Miniatures and Intermediates (plus four pots) from the 17 exhibitors. Even our President Professor Ron Cain, the ‘go-to’ in the Daffodil Society for things growing in the wild, was amazed to see species on the show bench that he had never seen before such as N. x koshinamurai and N. ubriquensis.

We were pleased to welcome as exhibitors to the show Dave Hardy from Northern Ireland (he did originate from Lancashire) and Linda and Jeff English from the Midlands (better known as Darn Sarth). Linda did particularly well with her miniatures, winning the class for 6 miniatures shown in individual vases, and the best exhibit in this section along with several other prizes.
The full Results List can be seen by licking here and the Best Bloom and Best Exhibit List by clicking here.

Because of my lack of mobility I was only able to take the few photographs below but would welcome any that you can send me, though I cannot promise to include them all.

James Akers




The following  pictures were sent be Anne Wright

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Anne Wright’s Daffy Day

Anne’s Daffy Day in aid of the Marie Curie Daffodil Appeal will be on SUNDAY March 10, 1-4pm.

I hope you will be able to join us to enjoy the daffs and snowdrops, not to mention the hepaticas, cyclamen and free refreshments.

If you are able, we hope you will give a donation of £5 into our honesty box.

Please let us know if you will be able to come, and if you will be bringing a friend, (also please tell me if I’ve forgotten to ask anyone – I am missing some contact details) so that we can plan an appropriate quantity of cake!

Hope to see you then.



Let me know if you need directions. Please try not to park in the cul-de-sac, unless you need to.

130 Prince Rupert Drive
YO26 7PU
TEL 01423 358791

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2019 Northern Group and Harrogate Schedules

Please click on the links below to see (or download) the schedule

Northern Group AGM and Early Show (24 March 2019)

Harrogate Spring Show (25 – 28 April 2019)

Northern Group Late Show (12 May 2019)

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Harrogate Spring Show 2018

Although this was generally a late season, by 26 April daffodils had caught up so the show was not the bumper one that had been expected a few weeks before the event. It had however been probably the worst season ever for those like Johnny Walkers who put on displays at shows like this. However as the above photo shows, where there’s a will there’s a way!
Frankie Charlton’s display attracted so many viewers to his stand that I was unable to get an uninterrupted photo, however one of the most interesting items on display was a bowl of John Blanchard’s miniature cultivar Peseta with siax florets on each stem. I have grown it for years and never managed more than three.
Ken Harrop, including his nom de plume of Denton C & D Society, won the Open 12 bloom and Society collection classes including in the former the Grand Chapion Bloom ‘Spoilt Choice’ and in the same class Frankie Charlton had the Best Seedling Bloom, a Brian Duncan 1Y=P seedling where apparently the seedling number and its parents have been lost. Keep looking Frankie. Full lists all the Show Results and Best Blooms can be seen by clicking the links.
Mention also should be made here of Eddie Crutchley’s ‘The Baltic’ which was the Reserve Grand Champion Bloom albeit being shown in the Transition Exhibitor’s Section, and Ivor an Barbara Fox’s success in gaining so many Best Bloom awards.
A few photos are shown below, click on the images to increase their size. One plea to the Groups Show organisers. Please provide an area to which flowers can be taken to be photographed so to be clear of other flowers.

‘Spoilt Choice’
Grand Champion
Ken Harrop

‘The Baltic’
Reserve Grand Champion
Eddie Crutchley

1Y-P seedling
Best Seedling
Frankie Charlton

‘Miss Lizzie;
Best Div 5
Daphne Hogg

‘Mary Plumstead’
Best Miniature
Ivor Fox

‘Clouded Yellow’
Best Vase of Three
Steve Ryan

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Belfast Spring Fair and Flower Show

This show was held on Saturday 21st April and Sunday 22nd April 2018.

Details and photographs will follow later.

To view the results of the main collection classes and Best Bloom awards click here

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Northern Ireland Daffodil Group Winter Show 25 February 2018

This show was held at Ballance House, the restored birthplace of John Ballance, 14th Premier of New Zealand and was supported by exhibitors from Northern and Southern Ireland. The 8 sections in the schedule were for Miniature Narcissus, Galanthus, Crocus, Other Bulbous Plants, Hellebores, Other Non-bulbous Plants, Standard Daffodils, and last but not least, Foliage.

The daffodil content of the show was mainly for miniature daffodils with just two classes for standard cultivars. A complete list of the daffodil results may be found here.

The following photographs were provided by Anne Wright, click on them to expand.

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Elsecar Society 8 April 2018

It was nice to seea few more exhibitors arriving with flowers after the sparse start to the season, with almost all the divisions being represented. The new classes for miniatures being well supported.

The class calling for 12 cultivars from not less than 3 div was won by Alan Robinson as was the class  for 6 restricted, 2 vases of 3 and a vase of 6 of one cultivar.

The rest of the classes were shared out between S Vinden, J Akers, C Yeardley and E Crouchly

6 blooms
Alan Robinson

Best Bloom
Alan Robinson

12 bloom
Alan Robinson


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AGM and Early Show Sunday 18 March 2018

Please note that as a result of the snow this has been CANCELLED.

Please note that Anne Wright’s Daffodil Day which was cancelled due to the previous Beast from the East will now be held on Sunday 25 March 2018 from 1 to 4pm.

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Harrogate Spring Flower Show 2018

The Schedule for the Dafodil Show at Harrogate can be seen here.

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