Welcome to Croft 16’s website for the 2018 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, Easter 2018

After a mild but very wet start to winter – too wet, frustratingly, to allow us to get on with the weeding – everything seemed to be coming on in leaps and bounds and we thought we were in for an early season … but then the “beast from the east” brought us more snow than we have had for a good few years (albeit nothing like what some other parts of the country experienced), combined with a dry early March, so now it looks as though we’re going to be later than in 2017. Even so, the early-flowerers – such as pseudonarcissus, ‘Henry Irving’, ‘Precentor’, ‘The First’ and ‘Van Sion’ – are now beginning to open, and we get the feeling that a few days of warmth might bring the collection out in a rush.

We’ve been rather busy recently preparing to get two shepherd’s huts ready in the near future for overnight accommodation on the croft [which might be of interest for some of you planning to visit and see the collection some time?], but we hope soon to add a few new offers to our list for 2018. Meanwhile, we are happy to receive orders for any of those currently listed.

Following an increase in recent years in some customers requesting larger numbers of bulbs of individual stocks, and thus reducing our opportunity to distribute our bulbs more widely, we are continuing this year as a rule of thumb to restrict our offer to no more than ten bulbs per stock per applicant. Customers wanting more than this are welcome to ask, but we shall only honour these requests where our stocks are sufficiently large to ensure that smaller orders can also be fulfilled.

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.