The Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil
Why We Love The Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil
Originally this blog was going to be an update on all things “Springy” happening at the farm, but the Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil has taken front and center stage. I like to do a little research and add bits of trivia for you. I found so many wonderful historical things to share with you about the man, Sir Winston Churchill, and his namesake daffodil.
Many know Sir Winston Churchill as a great orator, some say the greatest speaker of the 20th century. Every speech he wrote himself. He was a member of Great Britain’s Parliament for 55 years and he was a prolific author. But there is another side to Churchill you may not know about.
“The foundation of a hobby and new forms of interest is therefore a policy of first importance to a public man… The seeds must be carefully chosen; they must fall on good ground; they must be sedulously tended, … To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real.” -Sir Winston Churchill
What you may not know is that he was a painter, a gardener and builder, a devoted husband and father, and a pet lover. In 1922 he purchased a large estate, Chartwell, for his wife, Clementine, and their five children.
At Chartwell Sir Winston Churchill built an elaborate tree house and a little brick summerhouse for his children. Many of the new buildings he constructed with his own hands. He laid the bricks for them and for the garden walls himself. He landscaped, planted gardens, and built orchards. He expanded the lake to include an island, a rockery, and a waterfall. He also added a water garden, goldfish ponds, and a heated swimming pool.
Their waters were always stocked with ducks, swans, and fish, in addition to the cats, dogs, horses, and even pigs. According to the National Churchill Museum, “Even at the official residence at 10 Downing Street, Churchill’s pets wandered occasionally into luncheons and official meetings. Once during World War II, Rufus, his beloved poodle, ventured into a Cabinet Room meeting. “No, Rufus.” Churchill said, “I haven’t found it necessary to ask you to join the wartime Cabinet.””
About The Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil
Now that you know a little more about the man, here are some bits about the flower we love. The Sir Winston Churchill Daffodil was registered in 1966 and received the Award of Garden Merit from the Royal Horticultural Society. It is in the category of double bloom daffodils.
Not only does each individual bloom have multiple petals, but each stem carries three to five of these gorgeous blossoms. They are creamy white, almost buttery, with orange accents and have a wonderful scent. They bloom several weeks later than regular daffodils, which is a wonderful surprise after the early daffodils are finished. We purchased our bulbs from Eden Brothers and they have performed beautifully.
More detailed information:
Name: Sir Winston Churchill (Double) Daffodil
Botanical Name: Narcissus
Life Cycle: Perennial
Bulb/Tuber Size: 12 cm – 14 cm Circumference
Color: White Blooms, Yellow/Orange Cup
Planting Season: Fall, Winter
Bloom Season: March – May
Height at Maturity: 14″ – 18″
Planting Depth: 6″ Deep
Light Requirement: Sun / Partial Shade
Hardiness Zones: 3 – 9