(Chapman, F.H., pre-1927; ‘Princess Mary’ × ‘Crimson Braid’)
A valuable garden variety, tall and neat, flowering later than mid-season. Both parents, which we should dearly love to obtain, were weel-kent and highly regarded: ‘Dinkie’ is our closest link. How fortunate that the wee Poet, N. hellenicus, bestows its perfect roundness to its progeny and ‘Will Scarlett’ passes on its vigour and vibrant cup-colouring rather than its wayward, wingy perianth. ‘Dinkie’’s pollen parent, ‘Crimson Braid’, inherited these fine features and passed them on, but dropped the tendency for perianth segments to recurve in mature flowers. As Calvert puts it in his list of Choice New Daffodils (1929), “A well-formed flower of smooth texture of good quality of a distinct and beautiful shade of greenery-yellow throughout…”. In his Handbook (1934), Bowles describes ‘Dinkie’’s texture as “wax-like”, and having “a rimmed cup that any poeticus could be proud of”.