A MONTH IN THE COUN­TRY

Dances with daf­fodils

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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.

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