Last autumn, I planted several new varieties of narcissus in the garden. The first of these has been in flower for a couple of weeks now, W. P. Milner.
This is a trumpet daffodil, with slightly stocky stems – useful in our windy situation – and these delicious full-size pale flowers, swept slightly forwards.
The petals ripple like silk in the breeze, and look fresh and elegant against a rare glimpse of blue sky. This is an older variety, introduced by Henry Backhouse before 1869, and seems to have stood up well in the last century-and-a-bit. A handful of small clumps make a great addition to our front garden, despite the weather’s best attempts to knock them down.