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Daff-idyllic!

They're the cheerful little trumpets that herald the arrival of spring and here are the best places in Cornwall to see them right now...

Bring on the flowers, spring is here! Yellow flowers as far as the eye can see –  cliff top gorse, delicate primroses and glorious golden daffodils emerging everywhere.

Cornwall is the world’s biggest producer of daffs and traditionally the first place in the UK that they bloom. One of the most magical springtime sights is the fields of ubiquitous yellow daffodils, as you drive around the county.

But if it’s romantic woodland drifts you’re after, Cornwall’s famous gardens are the place to go and here’s where we recommend.

Cotehele, Saltash

A drift of white and yellow daffodils in the garden at Cotehele, Cornwall ©National Trust Images/John Millar
A drift of white and yellow daffodils in the garden at Cotehele, Cornwall

The daffodils at Cotehele flower from mid February right through to May and light up the orchard and meadows at this National Trust, Tudor estate. Of the 250 varieties of daffodils and narcissi at Cotehele, many are historic, dating back to he 1700s, when they were a key industry in the Tamar Valley.

The usual celebratory daffodil weekend when local garden enthusiasts create and display amazing daffodil sculptures is sadly not on, but locals who pre-book can enjoy a glorious walk in the gardens.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan

Daffodils on the woodland walk Lost Gardens of Heligan

Over the last two years, the team at The Lost Gardens of Heligan have planted over 50,000 Cornish daffodil bulbs and this spring you can expect a feast for the eyes. See the woodland floor burst into life, with the mellow yellows and whites of Cornish daffodils.

Open in March for Member and local pass holders only, don’t miss the Camellias and Rhododendrons trail, but keep an eye out for the spectacular daffs too…

Trelissick, Truro

Narcissus and trees in blossom in April at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall. ©National Trust Images/John Millar
Narcissus and trees in blossom in April at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall.

National Trust Trelissick is gorgeous year round but we love it best in spring, when daffodils and other flowers carpet the lawns and fill the beds.

No annual daffodil show in the stables this year sadly, in which Cornwall’s finest breeders and growers usually showcase a dazzling array of daffodils but plenty to be seen round the gardens.

Trengwainton, Penzance

Award-winning magnolias and rhododendrons are the headline act at this National Trust garden not far from Penzance but the daffodil displays are pretty special too. Enjoy golden drifts in the kitchen gardens and wooded paths, in this 25-acre sheltered garden as well as beautiful sea views across to St Michaels Mount and Mounts Bay. (pre-booked tickets only).

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