A record of wildlife in my garden and various trips to the Warwickshire countryside and occasionally further afield.
"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."
From "Auguries of Innocence"
by William Blake
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Daffodils at Packwood House
One of the highlights of Spring every year for me is a trip to Packwood House, Near Lapworth, Warwickshire, to see the daffodil display.
There are thousands of daffodil flowers lining the banks on the lane approaching the House and yet more on the lawns surrounding the front of the house and gardens.
I've driven past several times recently but yesterday afternoon I took the camera to get some photos. Monday seemed a good day to visit as the house and gardens are closed and, as I hoped, there were far less people about! It was really warm and sunny - more like May than March!
Daffodils are also known as Lent rose and Lent lily due to the time they flower. "Daffodil snow" is an expression which refers to a late fall of snow which arrives after the daffodils are in flower.
According to legend Persephone, whilst wearing white daffodil wreaths, was captured by Pluto and Pluto's touch changed the colour of the flowers to yellow.
Reference: "Discovering the Folklore of Plants" by Margaret Baker - Shire Classics. I picked up this book last year at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight and it is full of fascinating facts about various plants, trees and flowers.
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