Welcome to Croft 16
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 June to early July, and to despatch bulbs between late July and the end of August.
We do hope you enjoy browsing the site and find these venerable, unsophisticated but enduring flowers as charming as we do.
Good news on which to end: through more directed research, we have at last been able to identify a few of our more problematic stocks, some of which we have been puzzling over for twenty years or more! These include ‘Rugilobus’ (probably a selection from wild daffodils in Spain); Engleheart’s ‘Phyllis’; and Hartland’s ‘Mephistopheles’ and ‘Nectarine’. [All being well, if we can find the opportunity to draft the required descriptions we are hoping still to include the latter two in our 2023 list; if not, certainly for 2024.]
With best wishes,
Le gach deagh dhùrachd,
Duncan and Kate Donald
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.
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.