Although snowdrops are the traditional harbinger of Spring this clump of daffodils (Narcissus) in West London today. Daffodils are hardy perennial bulbs that come back year after year, spreading and often naturalising. There are thousands of different varieties that flower between late winter and early Spring.
They should be planted in Autumn tip up and as all bulbs at a depth twice their height. Slightly acidic soil is preferred and good drainage is essential else they have a tendency to rot. When cut, daffodils should be kept alone in a vase, as their stems secrete a fluid that promotes the wilting of other flowers.
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.
William Wordsworth, I Wander’d Lonely as a Cloud