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‘Mrs. R.O. Backhouse’ Daffodil

Narcissus 'Mrs. RO Backhouse'

Mrs. R.O. Backhouse is a beautiful heirloom daffodil, introduced in 1921 to great astonishment as the first pink daffodil. (Which is funny sounding as I write it, I just love that the horticultural world is “astonished” by new flower developments. As if the flowers are divas.). There are all kinds of pink daffodils now, but from what I have read it is still difficult to count on them being a true pink but this would be as close as they come–a soft peachy pink. And like many daffodil blooms, it fades with age, and this fades to a lovely blush.

I’m pretty sure this would never survive past a year or two in my garden, as most large daffodils of this class need a longer winter than we have, but it was worth the brief show in my ‘wheelbarrow’ bed.