Saturday, 1 March 2008

The day of the daffodils - St David's Day

Daffodils by the entrance to the Town Gardens - everyone knows Wordsworth's wonderful evocation of them:
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

The best known and best loved flower of Spring, the daffodil is the floral emblem of Wales and in heraldry stands for chivalry. Also known as Lent-lily.

The lentern lilies, through the frost that push,
Their yellow heads withhold:
The woodland willow stands a lonely bush
Of nebulous gold;
There the Spring-goddess cowers in faint attire
Of frightened fire.
(Robert Bridges)