Daffodils, a pigeon and a fly
Tenby daffodils sway in the breezeLesley Scoble – Spring 2021
Beneath a city copse of London trees
A pigeon wanders lonely by—
I wonder if his eye
can see? —the resting fly
the narcissus obvallaris, Liliaceae
And now for some real poetry!—I wandered lonely as a cloud by William Wordsworth is one of my favourites. It comes into my mind about this time every year!
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
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 waves in glee:
A poet could not but be 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 lieWilliam Wordsworth
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.
The daffodils featured in this post are Tenby daffodils (narcissus obvallaris of the Liliaceae family).
I sometimes affectionately call Tenby daffodils ‘Taffy’s Daffys’ (please, no offence to the Welsh). Many think this Welsh bloom, to be unique to Britain. The species almost became came extinct in the wild in the 19th century because of the frenzy of picking it by the Victorians during a gardening craze.
I filmed the Tenby daffodils in my brief film clip in a City of London wildlife garden. And I didn’t pick any!
Happy springtime everyone! Enjoy wandering among “hosts of golden daffodils”, if you can 🙂