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If you love daffodils, beautiful countryside, and a lovely day out, then come along for a guided daffodil walk near the village of Whitegate, in the heart of the Vale Royal, Cheshire.

Guided by Len Tomlinson, you’ll find out about daffodil growing, propogating, competitions, local history of the area and farming, and see many varieties of daffodils that have been cultivated for over a century.

Daffodil walks are made during the height of the growing season – March and April, but every year is different as are the varieties that you’ll see!

Getting ready for the walks

The recent cold snap means that despite the daffodils being on track in February, they’re not quite making that last push to be in full bloom at the very start of the walks, so for the first few days it looks like we won’t have them all in show right away.

There are plenty to see but not in the huge quantities just yet!

Lets hope a bit more of the current warm weather will bring them on – all it takes is a bit of an increase in the soil temperature and they’ll be out quickly!

New for this year is that we’ve got a marquee up so you’ll be able to enjoy your tea, coffee and cakes in nice shelter whatever the weather, and enjoy the view.

We haven’t spotted the fairies just yet but we’re sure they’ll be around the magic oak again this year, putting in an appearance especially for good children!

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Spring Update

I’ve walked around all of the fields today and everything is looking right for a grand show this year!

The Early Sensation are already out, along with the snowdrops. Magnificence (another super early variety) is looking to be on target for mid February.

I’ll be doing guided walks and talks from Monday 23rd March through to Sunday 5th April this year, in the morning for all, and the afternoon for pre-booked groups!

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Christmas Daffodils

Daffodils seem to be quite forward and in very good condition, but they will slow down when the weather turns colder – we will update in the new year, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all our readers.

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Update on Daffodils, Bulbs, Planting and Dates for 2015

Get planting your daffodil bulbs now!

Only buy firm bulbs, and remember the general rule for planting not too deep – usually about 2 to 2 and a half times the depth of the bulb.

Fertilise if you like with blood fish and bone (high potash content).

We have recently planted lots of bulbs (4-5 thousand) down in pingot and into the woods, so there should be lots to see in the spring!

This summer was very good for daffodils with a lot of rain early on then a really dry June and July, which the bulbs love.

We’ll update soon with the dates for the daffodil walks as soon as possible, but ought to be approximately the last week in March and the first week in April.

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