Narcissus ‘Beautiful Eyes’ is the latest daffodil to bloom in my garden, with its first bloom opening a few days ago. This Narcissus jonquilla is a mid-to- late season bloomer, beginning this first full week of May, just as ‘King Alfred’ withers.
Each of its slender flower stalks holds two or three flowers, which emerge solid yellow and change to a very pale yellow to white within twenty-four hours. Most retain a pale yellow halo around their small orange cups. The blooms are about two inches wide, and they range from twelve to fifteen inches high in my garden. Upon opening, the flowers tend to face downward, but they gradually raise their pretty faces up toward the sun. ‘Beautiful Eyes’ also has a beautiful scent, mild and sweet, reminiscent of gardenias. This heavenly smell is one of the most attractive characteristics of the jonquilla species. I may choose some of these for indoor forcing next winter, just for their perfume!