Posted 13th September by Peter Byrne
A lost daffodil bulb dating back to 1623 is on sale at Haskins Garden Centres
The unusual double daffodil bulb is on sale to coincide with the centre's Bulb Festival.
The sweet smelling 'Narcissus telamonius plenus Van Sion' originally dates back to 1623, and will now be available to purchase for £4.99 during the garden centre's very own Bulb Festival.
The Van Sion lost daffodil variety is the same double bulb that was once planted at Stowe by Capability Brown. The bulbs were re-discovered several years ago during a National Trust restoration in Durham. It was hidden beneath decades of heavy undergrowth - the double daffodils that had been dormant then started to bloom. Since then, the bulb has been found in Aberdeenshire, Lincolnshire, Isle of Wight, Shropshire and Leicestershire.
The locations where the bulb have been found are all connected to former sites of Lancelot 'Capability' Brown, who is widely considered to be England's greatest gardener and landscape architect, after changing the face of eighteenth century England.
Lisa Looker, brand director at Haskins Garden Centre, commented: "We’re delighted to be selling this lost bulb variety during our Bulb Festival."
"Our Bulb Festival will serve to showcase the fanfare of colours which can be achieved by bulb planting. Planting bulbs in autumn is the perfect antidote to winter. More than 250 different varieties of bulbs are available to buy at Haskins."
Haskins has teamed up with Lincolnshire-based Taylors Bulbs, suppliers of quality bulbs, to bring customers the old-fashioned Van Sion variety.
Duncan Witt, plant advisor at Taylors Bulbs, commented: "The mid to late season Van Sion bulbs are small in stature and when in bloom, look more like wild daffodils. They can be identified by their small tinges of green which show on the reverse of the petals."
Image courtesy of Haskins Garden Centre