Edward Leeds and his daffodils
Sources and endnotes
Uings, Joy. Edward Leeds: a Nineteenth Century Plantsman. A dissertation submitted to the University of Manchester for the Certificate of Continuing Education in Garden and Landscape History, 2003.
Brockbank William. The Gardeners' Chronicle, November 10, 1894 p.561-2 and November 24, 1894, p. 625-6
Kew Archives. Letters from Edward Leeds and Thomas Glover to Sir William Hooker and Sir Joseph Hooker.
1. William Brockbank was the author or a two-part article about Edward Leeds which appeared in the Gardeners' Chronicle in 1894. He made the assumption that Rev Herbert, who became Dean of Manchester in 1840, was the motivating force. Herbert had published, in 1836, his work on Amaryllidaceae where he had stated his suspicion that many so-called narcissus species were in fact hybrids. He went on to produce a number himself.
2. In 1903, Barr & Son had only a few bulbs of a new daffodil for sale. Each bulb was priced at 50 guineas.
3. Leeds' Will, as terse as his letters to Hooker, was drawn up on 4 November 1868 and left everything to his wife.
4. Not all reports include mention of Mr. Van Velsen.
5. Ye Narcissus or Daffodyl Flowere, Barr & Son, London 1884 p.39