Daffodils – the yellow trumpets of spring

Daffodils have long been an important part of the Cornish landscape and Cornish gardens.  They thrive and flower early in the mild climate of the south Cornwall coast, and during the nineteenth century many farmers turned to growing flowers, particularly daffodils, often in tiny fields on the clifftops.  The trade had a boost when the direct railway line reached Penzance in 1859, and Cornish growers were able to send cut flowers to the London markets, as well as supplying bulbs for gardeners all over the country. 

We are grateful for the support of some of our local bulb producers, who have provided daffodil bulbs for us to enhance the spring display in the Gardens.

Planted in a wooded area of the Gardens, daffodils are very much in their natural habitat here. (Fentongollan Farm, http://www.flowerfarm.co.uk/)

Gunnera takes up a large space at the edge of the lawn, and the gaps between the overwintering stumps are filled with colour. Thanks to Burncoose Nurseries (http://www.burncoose.co.uk)

 

Planted around specimen trees such as this magnolia, daffodils provide added interest to these early-flowering trees. (Greenyard Flowers of Varfell, http://greenyardflowers.co.uk/)