This Week’s Podcast: Pointy Side Up – Brent Heath on Daffodils
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Brent Heath is co-owner with his wife Becky of Brent and Becky’s Bulbs located in Gloucester, VA. Speaking with the Heaths, I learned so much about bulbs, and especially daffodils, which Brent’s grandfather began growing 100 years ago.
During the depression, farms in the area were dedicated to growing daffs for the cut flower market, and boats would take picked flowers up the North River to Baltimore, Washington and New York where some people called them “poor man’s roses.”
The market disappeared in better times, but when you drive through the countryside, you can still see daffodils growing in little patches beneath fences and hedgerows. The Heaths have perpetuated some of these old time varieties. Brent and I talked about some old and new daffodils to plant now.
There are tens of thousands of named Narcissus species and varieties. Brent and Becky list some 200 in their spring catalog including those shown here.