Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2019 season / Fàilte gu Croit 16

We sell old daffodil bulbs – mostly antique varieties bred before 1930.

A little about us…

The vintage daffodil hybrids we offer for sale are bulbs surplus to our National Plant Collection® of pre-1930 daffodils, designated in 2010 by the charity Plant Heritage.  We truly believe that by making these historical Narcissus cultivars available to you we are improving their chances of survival.

Some of these veteran stocks are in very limited quantities, so we prefer to pre-invoice customers for what we are able to supply. We aim to lift bulbs from May to early July, and to issue most invoices by the end of July.

We do hope you enjoy browsing the site and find these venerable, unsophisticated but enduring flowers as charming as we do.

An update, 18 May 2019

With apologies to any customers who have perhaps been vacillating about whether or not to place an order for delivery this year, we have probably reached the zenith of what we shall be able to supply, so have decided to ‘draw stumps’ for our order book for 2019; any further orders we receive now will be carried forward into 2020. The torrential gales of March have been followed by an unusually hot and dry April and early May. Our plants are already dying back into dormancy, which means we should be able to start lifting soon; we just hope that the bulb sizes won’t be too affected.

An update, Easter 2019

Well, what a year so far?! A warm January and start to February brought on many flowers unusually early [‘February Gold’ doesn’t always live up to that name …]. As a result, we had to cancel plans to travel south to visit other collections so we could stay here and study ours; apologies again to those people we had to disappoint. Then the poor silly plants got bashed during late February and throughout March by a relentless series of gales and hailstorms. Photographing, weeding and comparing our stocks all proved problematical, not least because many of the colours seems wayward this season: some coronas lacking rims, but some flowers with a remarkably intense luminosity. Our peak flowering came in late March, a good three weeks earlier than usual: apologies again to those who had booked to visit us in mid-April and then needed to cancel. However, lest all this seems rather negative, there have been some definite pluses: having set aside more time to study has allowed us to determine several stocks – some newish ones which have just settled down, but also a few established ones for which the penny has finally dropped – and some other stocks have now bulked-up to the point at which we can begin to offer them. Then, a last-minute software glitch meant we couldn’t upload images and refresh the site for 2019! Thanks to returning customers for their patience while this was solved. Finally, we have added 15 ‘new’ stocks – including “true” ‘King Alfred’, Victorian classic ‘M.J. Berkeley’, the exquisite ‘Mrs Ernst H. Krelage’ … Enjoy searching!

With best wishes,

Le gach deagh dhùrachd,
Duncan and Kate Donald

About Us

Croft 16 is a partnership, set up several years ago by Duncan and Kate Donald. Our principal business is selling surplus bulbs of heritage daffodil varieties.

Growing Daffodils

All the daffodils in our Sales list were bred at least seventy-five years ago; some more than 140 years ago, and a couple have been known for nigh on four centuries.

How Daffodils are grouped

Over 30,000 daffodil hybrids have been named. In order to furnish some idea of what any given daffodil cultivar looks like, a classification system was established as far back as 1909.

The Daffodil Names we use

All our daffodils will have perfectly good cultivar epithets, if only we knew for sure what they were. As we are very anxious to sell our stocks true to name, we would rather offer bulbs under a trade designation than under the wrong cultivar name.

© Croft 16 Daffodils: Images © Duncan and Sophie Donald | Daffodil sketches © Sophie Donald | Text © Kate Donald | Website by Roslin Design
All rights reserved: all content of this website, except the Order forms, may not be reproduced without prior consent of the copyright holder.