September 22, 2017

Wild Daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus)

A timely and seasonal species, opening just in time for Saint David’s Day.

In addition to its significance as a welcome harbinger of spring, its also both the national flower of Wales, where I’ve lived for over half of my life and the county flower of Gloucestershire, where I live now. So it’s a really important species for me.

Locally there are some spectacular concentrations of these plants, although they grow in nothing like the numbers present in relatively recent history. In the early 20th century the wild daffodils which flower in and around Newent attracted visitors to this area each spring. Special trains were laid on from Gloucester, and the flowers were gathered by local schoolchildren and sent by rail to London hospitals.