50 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday – Dances with the Daffodils

    • Not quite ten thousand, but having walked in these woods for over 15 years, this was the first time we took this particular path and what a reward.

  1. Hello Julie,
    A lovely image…From your comment above, does this mean that the daffs are just in one part of the woods? And if so, I wonder if there’s any discernible difference to explain where they are? It looks like they’ll be pretty completely shaded by the mature trees (trunks) later in the year?
    Best wishes

    • Yes, that part of the wood is deciduous, mostly Oak, Ash and Sycamore, the path backs onto fenced off fields, as we walked along there were small clumps of N.pseudonarcissus along the pathway. Its an interesting question Julian, we were originally looking for wild garlic, which grows also on the edge of the wood and there are lots of bluebells, only a few in flower yet in but mostly in swathes nearest the open light of the fields. Plus Wood anemones, primroses, celandines all flourishing in the light taking their chance before the canopy covers this area.

      • Not that I have ever seen Julian, the woodland is managed and there are some clearings, the adjacent fields are grazed, would sheep eat them I wonder? Either way its quite a boggy wood, so expect its too wet for snowdrops here. Plus the bane of our lives as walkers, there are many bridleways through here, resulting in churned up the paths and wildflowers.

      • Hello Julie,
        No, I don’t think the sheep would eat them as they’re quite toxic. As for being too wet…I’m about to do an update on my historic Welsh Snowdrop hunt…when I get a chance/wet day. Basically I’m learning that many naturalised colonies thrive on wet, think river banks with regular flooding, even ditch bottoms …so long as its not permanently waterlogged, and particularly thrive if it’s wet over the winter months. What I’m finding is that they often indicate a really old (human) presence…..at least in our neck of the woods. But always interesting why they’re in some places, and not others…
        Best wishes

      • I have being trying to investigate the history of the woods and human settlement but like you need some wet days, but I will keep trying.

  2. I remember I used to go with my parents in the Spring just to see the daffodils at Inverurie. Your picture reminded me of how lovely it is to see the masses of daffodils. Amelia

      • I was born in Greenock and I love the Scottish scenery. The weather I prefer over here. This part of France has nearly as much sunshine as the south but lower summer temperatures.

    • It was special Susie, we had gone to look for other wildflowers and the tracks were very muddy, we were just heading home when we found these, it was quite uplifting!

  3. Wow! Beautiful, and I bet the scent was amazing too. People often overlook the scent of daffodils, maybe because they don’t usually experience so many at one time.

    • I am afraid I could not smell them, I have been boringly dragging a cold around for a couple of weeks, but I am changing my dog walk route to take these in and will hopefully catch their scent next time. πŸ™‚

    • They can spread by seed too, but takes many years to flower. As wild daffodils, I wondered how the first few came to be here, I’ve guessed most have spread by bulblets since then and some have grown from seed too, especially further along the path where there were scattered in small clumps. But yes, there must now be many bulbs here Christiane. πŸ™‚

    • There has to be some benefits to our cooler rainy land! Your country is so diverse in climates, I wonder if its too hot where you are, maybe if there are any, some of the cooler parts?

      • Actually we live near the Snowy Mountains, so we have very cold winters, and very hot summers …tricky for planting…but bulbs are quite resilient… if only we could syphon off some of that rain tumbling down in Britain, most of the year it seems.

  4. How lovely to see daffodils growing in a natural situation amongst trees, makes a pleasant change from the formality of flower beds. Do the bluebells follow on in the same spot?

    • No, the Bluebells are elsewhere, I guess one would crowd the other out underground and there were no obvious Bluebell leaves in this spot. We are beginning to see the first Bluebell flowers elsewhere now, hopefully not too long before a full display.

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