Saint David's Day, Field of Daffodils in the Irish Countryside - Spring

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Today, the 1st of March marks the start of meteorological spring here in Ireland, it is also Saint David's Day - the patron saint of Wales.

Spring in traditional Irish culture starts on the 1st of February which is Saint Brigid's Day but for weather scientists March, April and May are the spring months.

Saint David, and Wales are associated with both leeks and daffodils and I have read that Saint Patrick was born close to Saint David's birthplace in Wales a century before.

Ireland, unlike England and Wales, doesn't have any native daffodils. Irish daffodils that grow in the wild are garden escapees but here in the image above these are being cultivated for cut flowers, bulbs and often daffodils are used for use in medication

But Ireland is renowned for daffodil breeders, and none more so important than Guy Wilson from County Antrim who was awarded the Royal Horticultural Society's highest award, the Victoria Medal, for his daffodil breeding; particularly for white daffodils - a few of which can be seen in the image of these colourful daffodils growing in the Irish countryside.

We are now heading into the longer days of the year, Panoramic Ireland's photography workshops and tours are available to book now in County Antrim, Dublin, Donegal, Galway, Dingle and all other Irish locations.


Last modified on Thursday, 16 February 2023 00:35
Darren McLoughlin

Irishman and International travel photographer in search of the best bits of Ireland. Leading photography tours and experiences in Ireland.

Contributor to New York Times / Sunday Times / Irish Times / Echtra Echtra and Eonmusic

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