The flower beds are reawakening at Jackdaws, bringing with them a smile and a touch of hope that the wettest January in recorded history has been left behind us.
Snowdrops and Daffodils are both herbaceous, perennial plants grown from a bulb. In late Winter, they begin to grow out from their root stock and flower in early Spring.
Of course, it is still early in the year and who knows what weather the Winter has yet to bring us (we had snow in March last year!) Even so, join us in thinking ahead to warmer times and perhaps reacquaint yourself with these warming words by William Wordsworth, who mentions both flowers in his poetry.
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.