When the Brodie Castle daffodils come into flower.
Brodie Castle is just a few miles from our home here on the inner Moray Firth. Sarah and I will make at least one visit to see the daffodils which is an important part of Brodie Castle history. The collection is vast; part of the National Collection and under the stewardship of the the National Trust for Scotland. They are being carefully recovered, catalogued and the surviving varieties carefully conserved.
The walled garden is being used to cultivate Brodie daffodil varieties to ensure their survival. The tunnel in the background contains a selection of the varieties to ensure they are isolated from known pests just in case there’s a problem with those being grown in the open that could threaten the survival of one or more rare varieties.
Brodie Castle itself is open to the public and has a famed daffodil walk which is to be held on the 23rd and 24th of April this year.
The beauty of daffodils is that they have a long flowering season – different varieties flower at different times during April and even into early May in this part of the world. One can visit Brodie numerous times in Spring and there will always be something flowering and in number too. Conservation and recovery continues – a long term NTS project which is showing signs of success. For more information on the history of daffodil breeding at Brodie Castle, the following article is worth a read: