“And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.”
--from William Wordsworth's poem ‘The Daffodils’
Daffodils are Easy!
Daffodils are one of the easiest perennial plants to grow in Minnesota!
Many, many varieties are reliably hardy here. They're not just yellow
anymore—pinks, oranges, whites, reds and greens have been created.
Deer, squirrels and rabbits leave them alone, unlike other spring bulbs.
They are one of the first signs of spring after our long winters. They
are long lasting cut flowers. And, when they are happy where they've
been planted, they multiply year after year. They are virtually pest
free in Minnesota's climate.
But Minnesota's harsh climate requires steps which are not mentioned
in general gardening how-to books or mail-order catalogs nor are they
taught by local nurseries .
Michael Berrigan’s New Hybrids
Mike Berrigan, President of the DSM and 1st Vice President of the American Daffodil Society, registered ‘Myrna’s Sweet Max’ 2 W-P in 2013 with the Royal Horticulture Society in London, the official registrar of daffodil hybrids. It is named for Myrna Smith’s beloved black-and-white English setter. While under seedling number, it won the Rose Ribbon (best seedling shown by hybridizer) at the DSM 2013 show. The flower is shown here in an original watercolor painting by artist Noel Dunn. A photo of Max is also shown.
Mike has also created and registered several other daffodil hybrids, including ‘Cogency’ 7 Y-Y, ‘Whiff’ 12 W-YYO, and ‘Miss Bonita’ 9 W-GYR (shown here in photo above), which won the Link medal (best vase-of-three seedling shown by hybridizer) at the ADS show in 2012.
We hope that our website provides you with useful information, whether
you are planting your first daffodil bulbs in Minnesota or whether you've
grown them for years.
Enjoy your visit and we invite you to join us.
This site was created by William Smale with content provided by
the Daffodil Society of Minnesota members and funded, in part, with
a grant from the National Science Foundation through the Science Museum
of Minnesota's Community Partnerships Serving Science Program.
We thank the American Daffodil Society for hosting our website.