A MONTH IN THE COUNTRY
Dances with daffodils
What to do, where to go and simple pleasures in March
AS THE DAYS START TO LENGTHEN, BLOW AWAY THE WINTER COBWEBS by searching for one of the first signs of nature’s reawakening – the wild daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus). Through sharp showers and blustery winds, these gallant dancers nod their heads and, once discovered, can’t fail to inspire a smile. With last year’s leaves crackling and crunching underfoot, look through the skeleton branches of sleeping woodland to discover them. Delicate and determined, they paint a welcome picture of spring, with their papery, pale yellow outer petals and darker-hued trumpet. Rarer than they once were, wild daffodils, sometimes known as Lent lilies, may also carpet damp meadows and orchards; but if they prove elusive, enjoy other early wild flowers instead, such as the lesser celandine, primrose and cowslip. For more information, visit wildlifetrusts.org/lovewildlife.