The Victorians are responsible for the fact that daffodils are pinned to Welsh lapels on St David’s Day. The leek wasn’t considered glamorous enough to be the Welsh national emblem. Therefore, the daffodil, which flowers close to the Welsh patron saint’s holiday, became the replacement. Daffodils are grown all throughout Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Let us educate you all about the Welsh daffodil.
There are two varieties of daffodil unique to Wales – the Tenby ( Narcissus obvallaris) and the Welsh or Lent daffodil (Narcissus pseudonarcissus). Both species have declined over the years as a result of development on land where they once thrived. Tenby daffodils suffered in Victorian times from being too popular – regularly dug up, they became quite scarce but replanting has helped and nowadays there are plenty to see in springtime around Tenby. Tenby daffodils are all one colour, whereas the Welsh daffodil or Lenten lily are two toned in colour with a different shade of yellow/ orange on the trumpet to that of the petals. These daffodils are not only found in South Pembrokeshire, but also in Carmarthenshire and parts of Ceredigion. The Welsh variety is more widespread, but still quite scarce.
The National Botanic Garden of Wales, has about 100 varieties of Daffodil growing in the Double Walled Garden plus huge drifts on the banks below the Great Glasshouse, a wonderful sight. One variety, special to The National Botanic Garden, is the ‘Derwydd Daffodil’, named after a garden in Llandybie where it was first found.