Friday, April 25, 2014

Daffodils of the Veblen Grounds

During a recent Rotary Club of Princeton workday at Veblen House, I got a chance to document the many kinds of daffodils that persist on the grounds.

No doubt Elizabeth Veblen, shown in this photo from the 1950s, had a lot to do with their presence.

Others may have been planted by Garden Club of Princeton volunteers back in the 1970s when they were active there.

Some research might reveal cultivar names for all of these subtle variations. Those on the left have whiter petals.

Some may have been planted by the Wells, who rented the house from around 1975 to 1998.

Not everything blooming is a daffodil.

My family's garden in Michigan, bought from the estate of a U of M mathematician, had primroses much like these. Not sure how much can be inferred about mathematicians and primrose from a sample of two.

The large lawn hosts remnant populations of daffodils, some of which still bloom. It would be interesting to match up the primrose in the 1950s photos with what remains today.

First, find the rock.

Update, July 30, 2014: According to Bob Wells, Elizabeth Veblen had a plot of land back in what is now woods where she grew the different varieties in rows, for transplanting to the grounds.

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