The Crocus of February may have finished, but hundreds of daffodils (Narcissus) are now looking glorious on the West Lawn, opposite the playground.
The bright yellow trumpets of Daffodils are a true icon of a British spring. As William Wordworth said: “A host of golden daffodils… fluttering and dancing in the breeze”.
Many of these bulbs were originally planted in pots 30 years ago for the Mediterranean House display and planted here once they had finished flowering. They have multiplied and flowered here happily ever since. We let the daffodil foliage die down before cutting the lawn here in June. This allows the nutrients in their leaves to be stored back into the bulb which helps to produce next year’s flowers.