Today is St. David’s day, and one of the national symbols associated with Wales is the daffodil. It normally makes its appearance in March, but the fine, warm weather we’ve been having recently means that the daffodils are now out in the Arboretum and along the verges of the lane leading up to the pub.
The daffodil is more correctly known as a narcissus in Latin, named for Narcissus himself, a character in Greek mythology who is said to have so admired his own reflection in a lake that after his death he was turned into a flower (although in fact the myth doesn’t mention that he was actually turned into a daffodil!) Daffodils became associated with the story as the flowers tend to face down, echoing Narcissus admiring himself in the water.
The poet William Wordsworth was a famous fan of the flower, admiring ‘A host of golden daffodils/Beside the lake, beneath the trees/Fluttering and dancing in the breeze’ – and we’re delighted to say that (as long as you come on a breezy day, of course) that’s pretty much what the Arboretum looks like at the moment!
Did you know that, including hybrids, there are some 13,000 varieties of daffodils? They vary in terms of size and colour: white petals, yellow petals, different coloured central trumpets, different scents and different flowering seasons. The daffodils in the Arboretum are mainly plain yellow, but you may be able to spot the additional variety on your way round!
Why not come and visit us this weekend and see the trees, bushes and meadows bursting into life and colour? We welcome muddy boots and dogs in our stone-flagged dining areas. We advise booking if you’re visiting us for lunch at a weekend, and you can download our current food menu from the Food page of our website.