William Robinson once wrote that “Daffodils are to spring what Roses, Irises, and Lilies are to summer” and I couldn’t agree more. The warm weather of the last few weeks has transformed the garden and the meadow is now brimming with the elegant pale trumpets of the native Lent Lily, Narcissus pseudonarcissus. I find this species to be one of the most elegant of the larger flowered daffodils and it is excellent for naturalising. Germinated seeds will develop into mature plants over the course of five to seven years and the populations will spread rapidly, competing well with other plants. The flowers have a delicate colouration, with a pale yellow flower surrounding a darker trumpet. They contrast well with the slightly grey-green foliage and make less of a nuisance of themselves than other daffodils that have a tendency to collapse in a heap once flowering is over. We use it to great effect both in our meadows and in the wild garden and I challenge anyone to not feel an uplifting of the spirit at the sight of it.