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.
William Wordsworth, 1804
A walk around Ullswater in the Lake District inspired William Wordsworth to write what has become one of the nation’s best-loved poems. Seeing a swathe of gold across the fields, it’s not hard to see why Wordsworth was so moved. With their trumpet-shaped flowers, daffodils are the true heralds of spring.
This year they’re fairly late – probably down to the severe cold spell we had before Christmas. They’re only just starting to emerge here at Bosinver. If you’re a keen daffodil-spotter, one of the best places in the world to see them in all their glory is right here in Cornwall.
The National Daffodil Showgarden at Trevarno, near Helston has over 2500 varies of daffodil. Each spring, Trevarno is transformed with a host of golden daffodils. The collection is a joint venture between Ron Scamp, an internationally renowned daffodil grower, Mark Vandervliet of New Generation Daffodils in Cornwall and Carlos Vanderveek from Breezand in Holland.
Also well worth a look is Trevarno’s National Museum of Gardening, which celebrates Britain’s gardening heritage. You’ll find all sorts of historical gardening artefacts and memorabilia here.
Trebah Garden’s Daffy Down Dilly Day takes place on Sunday 13 March. The gardens are beautiful at any time of the year, but spring is the ideal time to see them in all their glory. With free entry for children under 15 and lots of activities and entertainment incluidng country dancing, craft workshops, face painting and live music, it’s a great family day out.
The National Trust are also celebrating with a Daffodil Weekend at Trelissick, near Truro (19-20 March) It’s one of our favourite places to visit, with breathtaking views and great woodland walks. Join Head Gardener John Lanyon on Sunday 20th March for walk to discover the range of daffodils around the gardens.
Sounds tempting? It’s not too late to book a last-minute getaway – we’ve still got space in some of our cottages during March and a special offer on short breaks (book at two or more nights and get another night for free). Get out and explore during the day, then come back and relax… Put your feet up, pour a glass of wine and revel in the joy of a real fire in the evening. Bliss.