Mercervale Daffodils and Nursery


26 August

A glorious ‘spring’ day – fifth in a row.  Perfect for strolling in the sun to see what daffodils are flowering.  Still very early season for South Otago though so I’m making the most of it.

February Gold Peeping Tom Jumblie Towai Little Gem and boronia Helleborus

February Gold

Down in the paddock good old February Gold was the first to flower.

Peeping Tom

A few days later Peeping Tom is once again delighting me. I adore its long, narrow trumpet and slim waist. Both are division 6, cyclamineus.


Jumblie flowering in the mini bed.


Towai is flowering in the mini bed

Little Gem and boronia

Little Gem flowering in a tub with intensely fragrant Boronia megastigma ‘Lutea’ – a gorgeous boronia I haven’t managed to kill yet!


One of the many self seeded winter roses

2 September

In the space of half an hour, the sun has disappeared and the good old Waitepeka wind has got up – fit to blow the spots of your giraffe!  Perhaps the weather man is right – predicting hail and snow in the next couple of days.  Quick dash round the garden and paddock to take some pics.

Tete a Tete Rampage Heamoor Trena Warbler Jetfire Milemcro Perfect Spring

Tete a Tete


1st good show flower – hoping it will develop before hail (must cover!)


1st flower, new bulb last year


Just opening


New this year


Jetfire in garden has yet to colour up (orange trumpet)


Beginning to open

Perfect Spring

Perfect Spring (sure hope it is this year!!)

8 September

Finally the weather has settled and warmed up a little.  So what is flowering up near the house?

Eaton Song Voodoo Tinkerbell Snipe Hollie Marie Camborne Kokopelli Bittern

Eaton Song

Very early division 12


Lovely early flower


Sister to 'Trena', NZ bred by the late Mavis Verry


Just coming into flower in the mini bed – yet to reflex

Hollie Marie

Just opened


Delightful little miniature - very uncommon


A gorgeous jonquilla hybrid of good show quality (why didn’t I spread out the florets before photographing?)


Flowering in the garden and looking gorgeous

11 September

Phew!  Most of the day in the daff patch.  Winter soft muscles are complaining.  A lovely mild spring day with no wind.  Some flowering in the paddock below

Alamo Cassata Durbar Commanding Fire Brigade Golden Orbit Moawhango Pinza Vulcan's Fire


always bright and early


An early split corona


has a pretty goblet shaped cup


A reliable strong growing trumpet daffodil just coming into flower.

Fire Brigade

a pretty older variety

Golden Orbit

one of the first doubles to flower


soft white and lemon double


flowering strongly

Vulcan's Fire

another oldie but reliable and bright

13 September

Very busy preparing for the Dunedin Horticultural Society’s show in Dunedin this weekend.  Hope the weather prediction is wrong!

Paddock 1

Paddock 1

Just enough time to take a quick photo of the paddock. A great many varieties coming into bloom and with only one show this week I have picked for a sales display as well as entries in Dunedin.

19 September

Well the weather man got it right.  Managed to get entries in on Friday night and Saturday morning and stayed to help steward the show as the judge couldn’t make it from Invercargill due to the heavy snow.  Those who would normally steward were judging.  Planned to stay and look at the show before travelling home but stepped outside and it was snowing heavily so I bolted for home, an hour’s drive away.  Now I have to get back to pick everything up??????

Below:  Sunday morning showing the snow on the daff beds.  Oh well, they are only flowers and there are two weeks until the next local shows.  Can’t see many being any use for the South Island National at Te Anau next weekend.  Of more concern are the poor lambs as we are in the middle of lambing.  I have a feeling my budget for buying new daffodils will be very restrained this season!!

20 September

Below are some pics from the Dunedin Spring Show.  Trophies were well shared among the exhibitors.  I managed a ‘NAS’ (not as schedule) – collection of 6 daffs from at least 3 divisions – rushed in my selection the day before and forgot to make certain and recheck the schedule and my entry - I only had 2 divisions covered – doh!!!  Snow is cleared from all but the hills but still bitterly cold.

Dunedin Show Trevena Trophy The Premier Stand, Dunedin Spring Show Kinghorn Matika Kiwi Magic Kiwi Solstice Paterson Memorial Trophy Miniature Collection Mercervale Daffodils Trade Stand

Dunedin Show

Good entries this year at Dunedin – view is of about 1/3rd of the daff section

Trevena Trophy

My collection of 9 red cups won the H T Trevena Trophy – now that was a surprise! Varieties are: top 3 Loch Loyal, middle at left and right Rheban Red; top flower is a very neat Milemcro; bottom left and right Cameo Flush with Nougat at top

The Premier Stand, Dunedin Spring Show


Champion of Champions exhibited by Mr R Abernethy


I managed one premier this year

Kiwi Magic

Quite pleased with this one as I grabbed it last thing on Friday morning and it’s not too bad – got 1st

Kiwi Solstice

This lovely vase of Kiwi Solstice really took my eye. It was exhibited by a novice grower and I sure wish this variety would form well like this for me

Paterson Memorial Trophy

I’m especially thrilled to have received this trophy donated in memory of the late Mr Alan Paterson, a wonderful gentleman who loved his minis. It is for the premier vase of miniatures

Miniature Collection

My collection of 9 minis won the Mrs C G Robinson Cup – flowers are: top Snipe, middle Kokopelli and bottom left and right Xit and centre is Jumblie

Mercervale Daffodils Trade Stand

part of our stand

30 September

Things got interesting this evening.  A big hail storm hit, terrorised the cat as hail the size of gold balls hit the western windows of the lounge (which we also vacated).  We were just preparing to load the flowers into the wagon to enter in the show at Balclutha. 

This photo was taken after the storm when we got back from Balclutha – still a good covering of hail unmelted.

1 October

Inspection the next day revealed nothing but a mess.  Some varieties were left with nothing but a couple of inches leaf left, the rest having been stripped off.  It was a very sombre me who gathered up the mess and asked Donald to take down the signs.  There’s nothing left to view.  The final show of the year was done using anything that had been previously picked and still alive in the barn. 

Definitely not the perfect spring this year!!!!

2011 postscript – I was certain I would lose some varieties due to the leaf damage that horrible spring but they came up fine and only a few plants produced smaller than usual flowers.  Daffodils are truly plant heroes!

Hail damage Hail damage

Hail damage

A view of what's left after the hail - the show beds

Hail damage

The rhubarb received a battering – some leaves only had the tough central ribs left!

Over and out for 2010 daffodil season. It was a bit of a rough one! Next year will be better