Daffodils always signal the coming of summer and the end of the dark winter days. It also reminds me of the poem, Daffodils, by William Wordsworth which was inspired by a springtime visit to Glencoyne Bay on the western shores of Ullswater. This is a beautiful area of the Lake District in England.

“Daffodils” (1804)

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.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.


The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:


For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.


By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).


The above photographs were taken at the bottom of Airbles Road in Motherwell. As I was cycling up the hill, I stopped and took some photographs of them.   

A previous article I wrote on Derwent Water in the Lake District can be read here. It gives an idea of how lovely the area is.


2 thoughts on “Daffodils

  1. tootlepedal March 24, 2015 / 12:29 am

    We went to see Wordsworth’s daffodils last year. We are so used to the massed planting round Carlisle, that I thought that they looked a little sparse.

    • janeslog March 24, 2015 / 7:31 am

      One thing which annoys me is parents who let their children pick them. I feel like telling them off but will probably get a lot of abuse so I don’t bother.

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