• The best place to see wild daffodils

    We've just had the Daffodil Weekend at Kempley and Dymock, but due to the very mild winter & early spring the blooms were already going over in some places. Right on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border lies Hall Wood (I featured it here a couple of years back) & for me this is one of my favourite sites for wild daffodils. Here is a landscape of woodlands unencumbered with conifers and adjoining pastures that have never been ploughed or improved. The added bonus is that I usually have the place to myself. The coverage of flowers seems to be remarkably variable from year to year. In 2016 one part of the wood was almost solid yellow with so many flowers crammed together, but this year the flowering was very sparse. Conversely a pasture alongside the wood was well covered with many small groups of flowers, although never quite enough to give that true golden carpet effect. These delicate little wild flowers are so much sweeter to me than their big blousy garden cousins, partly because I love to think of them just quietly growing and spreading for hundreds of years.

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