2006 Livermore Show Results

38th Annual Spring daffodil Show and Pacific Regional Show in the Bay Area at Livermore

2006 Pacific Regional Show Results at Livermore


exhibited by Bob Spotts

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The beautiful banner at Alden Lane announcing our show!

Show results information are presented in the following format:

  1. the identification of the award;
  2. 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;
  3. and the name of the exhibitor.

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.

Show Statistics:

Horticulture: Number of Exhibits: 123
Number of Exhibitors: 18
Number of Blooms: 636

Artistic Arrangements: Number of Exhibits: 8
Number of Exhibitors: 2

At the bottom of this report are comments from Kirby Fong, Show Chairman and Bob Spotts, President.

exhibited by Bob Spotts

WHITE RIBBON – Beryl, 6W-YYO, Bob Spotts

MINI GOLD RIBBON- Koopowitz & Howe  –  N. bulbocodium var.
viriditubis 13G-Y

MINI WHITE RIBBON – Angel’s Breath, 5Y-Y,  Nancy Tackett

ROSE RIBBON: Seedling # 6-1-48, Bob Spotts
Parentage: Triple Crown x (Jetfire x N. viridflorus)

MINI ROSE RIBBON: Seedling # 01-025  RHS Div/Color Code: 7W-O, Koopowitz & Howe
Parentage: Biometrics x N. assoanus

Intermediate Award –   Lissome, 3W-W, Kirby Fong

SMALL GROWER AWARD – Avalanche, 8 W-Y, Mary Roach

Historic Daffodil Award – Beryl 6W-YYO 1907,  Bob Spotts

Historic Vase of 3 – Beryl, 6W-YYO 1907, Bob Spotts

Standard Container Grown Award – Mesa Verde, 12G-GGY, Bob Spotts

Miniature Container Grown Award –  Tete-a-Tete, 12Y-Y, Melissa Reading

Species Container Grown AwardN. willkommii, 13 Y-Y, Bob Spotts

SILVER RIBBON (for most blue ribbons) – Kirby Fong with 41 blue ribbons

PURPLE RIBBON – Division 1 Collection, Bob Spotts

  • 6-1-32, 1Y-Y
  • 6-1-77, 1 Y-Y
  • Knightsbridge, 1Y-O
  • 6-1-40, 1 Y-Y
  • Sobersides, 1 Y-Y


  • Roveroi, 1 Y-Y
  • Mitsch TEF 30/1, 6 Y-Y
  • N. cyclamineus, 13 Y-Y
  • Sprite, 1W-W
  • Little Becky, 12Y-Y

RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon – Bob Spotts

  • 6-1-48, 12 G-GGO (Rose and Gold ribbon winner)
  • 6-1-11. 12 WWG-GYY, Lollipop x (Vermillion x N. viridiflorus)
  • Mesa Verde, 12 G-GGY (Spotts)
  • 6-1-36, 3 Y-GOO, Cowboy x (Actaea x N. viridiflorus)
  • 6-1-20, 3 Y-YYO [Chatomoss x (Actaea x N. viridiflorus)] x [Lollipop x (Dallas x N. viridiflorus)]

MINI RED-WHITE-BLUE Ribbon -Bob Spotts

  • M-6-5, 7 Y-Y
  • M-6-1, 7 Y-Y
  • M-6-2, 7 Y-Y
  • M-6-3, 7 Y-Y
  • M-6-4, 7 Y-Y

MAROON RIBBON – no entries

BOZIEVICH – no entries

ROBERTA C. WATROUS AWARD WINNER (Collection of 12 from at least 3 divisions):   Harold Koopowitz and Marilyn Howe (repeat)

  • N. triandrus var. pallidulus, 13 Y-Y
  • 98-200, N. pachybolbus x N. papyraceus, 8 W-W
  • N. fernandesii, 13 Y-Y
  • Little Gem, 1 Y-Y
  • 01-025, Biometrics x N. assoanus,7 W-O (Mini Rose ribbon winner)
  • 00-24, Arrival x Swagger, 6 W-Y
  • 01-061, Little Gem x N. asturiensis, 2 Y-Y
  • N. bulbocodium var. bulbocodium, 13 Y-Y
  • 01-087, Little Gem x Candlepower, 2 Y-Y
  • N. bulbocodium var. viriditubis, 10 G-Y (Mini Gold winner)
  • N. triandrus var. pulchellus, 13 Y-W
  • N. hedraeanthus, 10 W-W

Carey E. Quinn Award
Kirby Fong (repeat)

  • Cameo Gem 1Y-Y
  • Hollingdale 2 W-O
  • Foff’s Way 1 Y-O
  • Don Miller 1 W-W
  • Tuscarora 1 Y-Y
  • Port Albert 1 W-Y
  • Aintree 3 W-O
  • Golden Aura 2 Y-Y
  • Ben Hee 2 W-GWW
  • Aberfoyle 2 Y-YOO
  • Brommhill 2 W-W
  • Tuksnesa Vejs 2 Y-YYO
  • Mary Robinson 2 Y-Y
  • Driskule 3 W-W
  • Red Ember 3 Y-R
  • Excitement 3 W-YYO
  • John Daniel 4 Y-Y
  • Cape Clear 3 W-Y
  • Meness Mirdzums 2 W-W
  • Wayne’s World 6 Y-O
  • Lissome 2 W-W
  • Menehay 11a Y-O
  • Caka Zieds 2 W-WWY
  • Raptor 6 Y-Y

Bob Spotts

  • Tuggle 66-49, 8 Y-O
  • 6-1-9 Matador x Festivity, 8 W-Y
  • 6-1-26 Matador x N. scaberulus, 8 Y-Y
  • 6-1-76 Matador x Soleil d’Or open pollinated, 8 Y-O
  • 6-1-2 8 Y-GYO
  • 6-1-25 Matador x N. scaberulus, 8Y-Y
  • Quail 7Y-Y
  • Havens G048-2, 6YYG-Y
  • Kokopelli 7Y-Y
  • 6-1-17 Matador x N. scaberulus, 8Y-Y
  • Beryl 6W-YYO
  • Katrina Rea 6 W-WOO

Kirby Fong (first time)

  •  Deen Day 1W-W
  •  Refresh 3W-R
  •  Matador 8Y-GOO
  •  River Queen 2W-W
  •   Apricot Blush 2O-O
  •   Utiku 6Y-Y
  •   Zatapan 3W-YYO
  •   Casterbridge 2YYW-O
  •   La Traviata 3Y-YYR
  •   Arrowhead 6Y-R
  •   Scarlet Tanager 2Y-R
  •   Red Sheen 3O-R


Notes from Kirby Fong, Livermore Show Chairman

     The weather in my area of California has been unusual this year.  It was warmer than normal in early February and colder than normal since mid-February.  I credit the coolness for the low 90s (points) whites I got this year as opposed to the usual unexhibitable whites. Those of you in the colder parts of the U.S. (almost everywhere except the deep South) may snicker when I tell you we’ve had to put up with overnight lows of about 35 degrees Fahrenheit and daytime highs of about 55 degrees.  This plus a lot of rain means we’ve had weather approaching Oregon’s, but not close enough to produce really superb whites.  Anyway, with the later season and the rain and wind beating up the flowers, we had a smaller show at Livermore this year than last.  The quality of the survivors was up because the cooler growing conditions meant flowers opened more slowly and did not have as many mitten thumbs.

The regional show cycles through the Pacific Region moving south to north, and this year it was Livermore’s turn.  In the last seventeen years of showing daffodils, this was the second time I’ve had enough good flowers to stage a Tuggle (bronze ribbon) collection.  The other time it was not our turn to be the regional show.  I was also able to stage a Quinn Collection.  So you can get at most two blue ribbons for 60 flowers.  I suppose one compensation is you have to fill out only two entry tags.  Some of Janis Ruksans’ cultivars were doing pretty well this year, so I deliberately used them in my Quinn.  You can recognize them by their Latvian names.  The catalogue was unclear on the classification of Caka Zieds (an unregistered cultivar) so I classified it as it looks.  It’s perianth is on the creamy side, so it does not really look as impressive as Sunny Ring which Cincinnati convention attendees saw in Mary Lou Gripshover’s front yard.

We had slightly more than one table’s worth of daffodils in containers, so this mass of leaves and flowers made an impressive display.  Another unusual aspect of the show as how many good miniature seedlings we had.  The vote for Mini Rose ribbon winner was not easy because there were so many good candidates.  I didn’t photograph the array, but a couple other people did.

Comments from Bob Spotts, President Nor Cal Daffodil Society

The weather during the week before the show was typical of Oregon, not California. It was sleeting lightly here in Oakley as I left on Friday afternoon with my flowers for the 45-minute drive to Livermore. The cold weather was perfect for a show! The flowers would keep beautifully in the show room at the Nursery. Arriving at Alden Lane Nursery, the show room was already readied by Nursery staff with tables in place. The box of Mitsch flowers for commercial display was waiting – FedEx’ed from Oregon. My first task was to get the stems into water. Soon Kirby Fong, Jon Kawaguchi,  Anna Rawls, Anna Fine, and David Oakley arrived. We had the show room set up in no time.

Rosemary Scholz drove all the way from Escalon to deliver flowers for arrangers. Sid DuBose had picked the blooms from his field in Stockton.

The Oregon-ish weather had allowed blooms to open slowly and the outcome was blooms of especially high quality. The occasional hail and brisk winds did make it necessary to cut blooms daily and refrigerate them for the show. Kirby and I cut and kept blooms in good condition for two weeks. Kirby exhibited his many of his best blooms in two large collections: twelve different vases of three blooms in the “Tuggle Award” and 24 different blooms in the “Quinn Award.” 60 blooms required for two ribbons! The Tuggle Award is only offered at the Pacific Regional Show. This designation rotates annually among the six shows held on the West Coast, so the opportunity to compete for this award comes about infrequently. Kirby’s win got him a most attractive medallion. Even having used all those flowers for two blue ribbons, Kirby amassed 41 blue ribbons – easily the most in the show.

Harold Koopowitz and Marilynn Howe brought blooms from Santa Ana, south of Los Angeles. A long drive, including just beating a snowstorm that delayed traffic over the Grapevine. They specialize in breeding small flowers – Miniatures and Intermediates. They use the species (wild daffodils which grow in Spain and Portugal) in their hybridizing and their seedlings are unique. It is always exciting to see what they have created. Harold and Marilynn won Best Miniature among many other awards. You must visit the NCDS website and look at their marvelous blooms.

My own seedlings loved the cool and wet Spring. I did well with them in the show, winning Best Standard in Show with one so unusual that the Judges were captivated and overlooked other blooms that had better show form. No matter, I liked that bloom the best, too. Take a look at it on the website. It is unique.

A highlight for me was having a container (pot) of Mesa Verde – the green daffodil – in full bloom for the show. It made quite a hit with show visitors.

The show was of good size (636 blooms); what was most encouraging was that there were 18 exhibitors! Next year, adding you we’ll have even more, won’t we! We played to good crowds in spite of intermittent downpours outside.

Still, the weekend success was greatly enhanced by the good times spent with friends! In addition to those mentioned above, there were Peggy Oberg (all the way from Los Angeles), Steve Vinisky (from Portland!), Debbie and Crawford Pratt, Melissa Reading and John Castor, Jacque Baclace, Nancy Tackett and Ben Blake, Deva Lowenthal, George Perko and Phil Stanley, Betty Ford, and Mary Roach. Surely others too – for whose omission I apologize.

Alden Lane Nursery was the perfect weekend host. Our every need was anticipated and met. Cookies and coffee magically appeared for the visitors and exhibitors. Kudos to Jacquie Courtright and all her most able, attentive staff members.


Photos by Kirby Fong, Ben Blake and Harold Koopowitz