THE FIRST DAFFODIL
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
‘Winter is dead.’
A. A. Milne, When We Were Very Young
The Christmas before last we were treated to an unseasonable ‘host’ of daffodils in our Sussex garden. This year the signs of incipient spring have been scarcer but yesterday our first daffodil of the year bloomed. I wrote the following verse to celebrate this small golden epiphany:
A week earlier I had photographed the crocuses which got a head start on the daffs.