The Place for a Daffodil

Daffodils are a true delight.  In a dreary grey spring, when bright days are uncommon and for the most part there is drizzle, mud underfoot, and damp in the bones, the joy of these golden yellow flowers is enormously appreciated.  They bring sunshine down to earth.  It is no wonder that growers want to create so many varieties, with myriad hues of cream white to vibrant orange.

Native Daffodils in Memorial Woodland

Native Daffodils in Memorial Woodland at Sun Rising

At Sun Rising, the daffodils are all the native Narcissus pseudonarcissus, the Lenten lily, the old wild species.  Or, they should all be – each year we dig up bulbs of cultivars that families have put in, by mistake, or hoping to sneak them in, but for the integrity of the nature reserve can’t be kept.  The Lenten lily is a soft lemon yellow daffodil, with a richer yellow  trumpet. Although they are beautiful in clusters out in the meadow, and indeed they are native to grassland and woodland, somehow I think they always look more at home beneath the trees.  Perhaps it is simply that they look wilder there, amidst strands of last year’s dried grasses and old leaves – they look peaceful and at ease.

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One Response to The Place for a Daffodil

  1. Robin Restall says:

    Thank you so very much for yet another illuminating report. I always learn something, and am always touched by the pure simplicity and love that emanates from the heart of Sun Rising.
    Recently I read about wild daffodils because it seems that this year there are more varieties in evidence, and noticeably many more actual daffodils everywhere. The article said how wonderful it was to see so many daffodils, but so few of the natural wild species. Sadly, there was no illustration, and I resolved to find out exactly what the native species looked like, and to make a note to buy the bulbs when the appropriate time of year comes round.
    Your report shows exactly what I wanted to know. So thank you once again. Robin

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