The first wild Daffodil to bloom in the UK, as measured by a car park in Somerset, was 11th February 2024.
This is it:
Wild Daffodils start flowering when the soil temperatures reach around 10C, usually in February or March. In a warm winter like the one we’ve mostly had this year, we are seeing buds nearly ready to open at the start of February. In a cold year like those we endured at the end of the twenty-teens, they were opening over a month later and really flowering in April.
The earliest flowering cultivars (cultivated varieties) of Daffodil, like Irish Luck (only sold as dry bulbs in Autumn) reliably flower earlier, even in January sometimes.
This verge was planted a few years ago: transforming a boring strip of grass between the side of an office and a backstreet pavement into a yearly display of cheerful yellow…right?
On the 3rd of February, this is one of two visible flower buds:
And pop goes the daffadowndilly: on the 11th of February 2024, we have daffodils in car parks across* the UK! These beauties are so yellow that my poor old camera can’t take it:
Wild daffodils can be planted in the green, which means when they are in growth in Spring, not dry in Autumn.