Where Have All the Flowers (Daffodils) Gone?

daffodil drought photo

Image from Mail Online

This is England, the parks and gardens and countryside are supposed to be filled with golden daffodils by now. This is why we live here. But where are they? With this year's never ending winter and the long cold spell just beginning to end, the flowers haven't bloomed yet.

The village of Thriplow has been holding their daffodil festival on the same weekend for 41 years and this is the first time that this has ever happened. It is also the coldest winter in 30 years and the flowers don't bloom when the temperatures drop below 6C..

guard daff photo

Image from the Guardian

All is not lost, visitors will see lots of green stems but the flowers won't be ready to burst for another 3 weeks. However tourists can still enjoy the morris dancing and the maypole.

Even the Guardian newspaper is getting exercised over the lack of the cheerful sign of spring. They have issued a frantic alert, asking readers to send in any sightings of the flower. They have just one from Kew Gardens, although there are lots of photos of crocuses and snow drops, historically flowers that come before the daff's in the great march to spring.

Not to be out done, the Lake District's tourist board has also issued a call to arms. They are so concerned about a shortage of daffodils that they are asking visitors report any sightings on Twitter, calling it a "Daffs Watch" . Usually the flowers are out in late February

William Wordsworth lived in the area, in Grasmere, and his famous poem, Daffodils (1804) was written about their daffodils...

'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..'.

Is it climate change, global warming? The commenters seem to think so, but the horticultural experts aren't saying.

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