Livermore Show Results
Below are the results of 1999
Livermore Show held on March 6th & 7th hosted by Alden Lane Nursery.
The beautiful banner at
Alden Lane announcing our show!
Show results information are presented in the following format:
the identification of the
the name of the cultivar(s)
and possibly the division (a number from 1 thru 13) followed by the color of the petals, a
dash, and the color of the cup;
and the name of the
Some of the daffodils have
multiple colored petals and cups, so you will see more than one color identified between
the dashes. For more information about the classification of daffodils see Classification Definitions.
Horticulture: Number of Exhibits: 195
Number of Exhibitors: 23
Number of Blooms: 580
Artistic Arrangements: Number of Exhibits: 19
Number of Exhibitors: 13
GOLD RIBBON - Casterbridge 2YYW-O, Kirby Fong
WHITE RIBBON - Rapture
6Y-Y, Wayne Steele
MINI GOLD RIBBON- Hummingbird 6Y-Y, Bob Spotts
RIBBON - Hummingbird 6Y-Y, Bob Spotts
ROSE RIBBON: Seedling # D439 2Y-O, Ben Hager
MINI ROSE RIBBON: not awarded
JUNIOR AWARD - Patsy
2W-P (Spotts unreg.), Megan McQueen
Intermediate Award - Brooke Ager 2W-P, Wayne Steele
SMALL GROWER AWARD
- Miss Prim 2Y-Y, Jan Moyers
Historic Daffodil Award
- Minicycla 6Y-Y
1913, Kirby Fong
Standard Container Grown Award - Sportsman
2Y-R, Kirby Fong
Miniature Container Grown Award
- Quince 12Y-Y, Dian Keesee
Species Container Grown Award
- N. jacetanus 13Y-Y, Kirby Fong
SILVER RIBBON (for most blue
ribbons) - Kirby Fong with 42 blues
|PURPLE RIBBON -
Red/Orange Cup collection, Ben Hager
- V218, 2Y-O
- B5W4, 2Y-R
- D441, 2Y-R
- D439B, 2Y-YYO
- D218, 2Y-O
LAVENDER RIBBON - Kirby Fong
- Mite, 6Y-Y
- Charles Warren, 1Y-Y
- Lilliput, 1W-Y
- Bird Music, 6Y-Y
- Adorable Lass, 6Y-Y
RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon - Sid DuBose
- S48-4, 2W-Y
- Resplendent 2Y-R (Mitsch)
- S48-5, 2W-Y
- P21-9, 2W-P
- R32-1, 2Y-O
MINI RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon - no entries
MAROON RIBBON :no entries
GREEN RIBBON - Wayne Steel
- Bittern, 12Y-O
- Loch Hope, 2Y-R
- Head Hunt, 2Y-O
- Broadway Village, 2Y-YRR
- Hitch-Hiker, 1Y-Y
- Max, 11aY-YYR
- New Penny, 3Y-Y
- Akala, 1Y-Y
- Swift Arrow, 6Y-Y
- Bravoure, 1W-Y
- Pops Legacy, 1W-Y
- Rapture, 6Y-Y
WATROUS AWARD WINNER: - not awarded
THROCKMORTON AWARD - no entries
Carey E. Quinn Award - Kirby Fong (repeat)
Areley Kings, 2W-GWW
Altun Ha, 2Y-W
Pink Valley, 2W-P
Creag Dubh, 2O-R
Flash Affair, 2W-Y
Pacific Glow, 1Y-O
Castle Regiment, 2W-Y
Lady Diana, 2W-W
Wild Women, 1Y-Y
Rubicon Pink, 1W-P
Mary Robinson, 2Y-Y
Magic Moments, 3Y-YYO
Elizabeth Ann, 6W-GWP
Indian Maid, 7O-R
Mary's Pink, 2W-GWP
Northern California Daffodil Society
Hybridizing Trophy: Ben Hager for red/orange cup
Ben Hager Award: Ben Hager
Pink Collection Trophy: Kirby Fong
White Collection Trophy: Kirby Fong
Yellow Collection Trophy: Kirby Fong
Murray Evans/Grant Mitsch Memorial Vase: Ben Hager for D439
Reserve Champion Trophy: Ben Hager for D439
Bill and Rosemary Roese Trophy: Kirby Fong for 'Mary's Pink'
White Daffodil Trophy: Bob Spotts for 'Sea Legend'
Southern California Daffodil Society Trophy: Kirby Fong for 'Swift
Novice Trophy: Deb McQueen for 'Mel'
Betty Fawkes Trophy: Dorothea Tinkler
Comments by Show Chairman, Kirby Fong
The Northern California Daffodil Society just had its
first show of the season in Livermore (in the San Francisco bay area). The show was a week
earlier than normal. In my town, the season is later than normal, although this is
not true for the entire region.
I had refrigerated a lot of bulbs last fall to get them
to bloom earlier, and it worked. We have had a longer and colder winter than average, and
this appears to have helped the red and orange cup daffodils as they had a deeper, more
luminous color than usual. The cups on my Conestoga were almost entirely orange, and
Bandit looked like its color code this year.
Ben Hager who lives in Stockton in the San Joaquin
Valley has been breeding red and orange cup daffodils for years. Indeed, we have an
award named in his honor for a collection of five red or orange cup standard daffodils
with yellow perianths.
Because Ben is ill, Bob Spotts picked and Stan Baird
staged some of
Ben's seedlings. They were truly outstanding. Ben won the Ben Hager
award, and one of his seedlings not only won the Rose ribbon but was also selected as the
best American bred daffodil and reserve champion bloom for the show.
The show was held in a tent specially provided by Alden
Lane Nursery at the nursery. The nursery also put a big banner atop their building to
advertise the daffodil show. Between the nursery and our publicity chairman, we got
the word out and drew more people to the nursery than would otherwise have been there.
I'm glad to say this has been beneficial to our show as well as to the nursery.
I should also add that the local garden club was active
in organizing artistic design classes. They had an accredited judge give them a workshop
on arranging with daffodils the day before the show, and Sid DuBose graciously donated 30
dozen daffodils for their use. This allowed them to do designs with a lot of red cup and
pink daffodils, not just yellow ones.
Below is the preliminary report of the show. Color codes have not been verified against
the Data Bank.
Comments from visiting judge Bob Darling,
The Northern California Daffodil Society began
the season in lovely style in Livermore. It has been years since I last saw Livermore -
surrounded by those lovely gently greening hills that defines a California valley
springtime. I'd only a few blooms to contribute, but they provided infinite pleasure, zen
moments, coaxing them to be "perfect" to show. A prelude to others that
The Northern California show uses Redwood sprigs for wedging the stems. Being
initiated into daffodil showing by the boxwood regimes of the east coast, the Redwood
seemed less odd this time around. The first time I tried using it several years
back, I wondered what to do with such flamboyant foliage. However, my shears whacked it
into shape and the effect worked quite well.
The show filled a small tent set-up in a lovely nursery that seemed to have
staged mini gardens along the path to the show. Azaleas, Camellias and a very tempting
display of tree peonies (with photo blooms) enticed. Daffodils however, were the order of
the day. Despite worries about the early season, blooms filled many categories and the
display tables were well furnished.
My own efforts included a vase of three miniature "Wee Bees" that obliged by
blooming through a brief snow before I left Washington. Also a surprise in Oakland were
the amount of bloom from a healthy stand of Jetfire that provided another vase of three.
Vases of three make a show look full in my mind even when they are as small as the
Leaping to attention were the numerous seedlings contributed by the California growers.
Division Two and Three both were subdivided to include seedlings in separate
classes. Of special note, a div. 3O-ORR (?) by Ben Hager with an astounding round
ROUND perianth brushed and burnished and glistening with color. Stan Baird pointed
Ben's blooms out to me. Unfortunately, I had to leave before the Judging was complete and
there were others in Ben's series including a striking div 2. How pleased I was that
Bob Spotts featured a wonderful peach triandrus. But Bob laments that he has
difficulty growing on his division 5's. Alas!
The California show also includes potted bulbs and many growers resort to pots to keep
their collections going in the sometime recalcitrant daffodil climate. These also
held surprises including a lovely pot of "Snipe" and a small pot of
Bob Spotts, with some chagrin also noted the
beautiful pots contributed by the Girl Scouts, of seedling bulbs he had culled and now
wonders about. Hummm. .. One, albeit with a weak perianth, had the most glorious deep rose
pink-lavender cup. Bob had "named" these various clones Eileen and other girls
names so that they could be distinguished, but did not force the girls to use a list of
numbers in order to show them. A good idea in this instance.
While I don't know the particulars, I'm certain Kirby, Bob and others will
inform the net of special ribbon winners. What a lovely way to begin the
season! What a pleasure to be in Livermore and celebrate daffodils with
California friends. My time proved too short and alas, I'd over programmed
myself and needed to live and drive across the bay for another adventure.
Well the blooms begin. Have a great season everyone.
Photos by Nancy Tackett