Last week, I went to Hampton Court Palace to see the wonderful display of daffodils which are now in full bloom.
It was quite an eye-opener to see how many different varieties were growing there. Apparently, there are now thousands of hybrids which have been bred over the centuries.
Here, I’ve captured just a few of them.
Narcissus is the botanical name for flowers in the daffodil family. In the UK however, we generally call the larger yellow, orange or white trumpet-shaped flowers ‘daffodils’ and the smaller, scented types ‘narcissi’.
If you bring in daffodils from your garden or buy them, be aware that their stems exude a slimy sap which is toxic to many flowers, so it’s perhaps best to place them in their own vase.
Daffodils to me are very special…every year, when they start to appear, they remind me of my wedding day which took place in March. It was a lovely sunny day and the church path was lined with bright yellow daffodils.
They also remind me of the very famous poem by William Wordsworth, ‘I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud’: –
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze…’
Thank you very much to Laura for tipping me off about this lovely scene!
(Images : Rona Wheeldon for Flowerona)