Daffodils at Bodnant Garden
Bodnant Garden is an all-year round garden but we are especially well known for our spring displays, and nothing signals the season quite like the daffodil.
The first make their appearance at Bodnant as early as January and can be seen in the Winter Garden, like Narcissus ‘Cedric Morris, which has even been known to flower at Christmas. Other early varieties are the dwarf Nacissus cyclamineus which can also be seen dotted through the Winter Garden along the riverside under towering trees in The Dell from February.
Our eagerly-awaited main show comes in March and April when the Old Park meadow and grassy Glades are transformed into a carpet of yellow as far as the eye can see. Wander knee deep through the acres of wild Narsicuss pseudonarcissus and their varieties, which were planted on mass here from the 1920s and 1930s.
Generations of planting
Generations of gardeners have continued this tradition, planting every year since to increase the display – you might see them hard at work in autumn. You might also see gardeners and volunteers deadheading the flowers in April, a major team effort which keeps the display looking good and also improves the growth for next year.
Following on from this host of golden daffodils you’ll see pockets of white flowered Pheasant’s Eye (Narcissus poeticus) opening, which bloom in May and blend into emerging swathes of bluebells.
This year we’ll be extending our daffodil collection by planting a new display of Welsh Daffodils in Furnace Meadow. This is a new garden area being opened to the public at Easter time – a species-rich meadow which is alive with wildflowers in summer and which, we hope, will sway with daffodils in springs to come.