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Wild daffodils by the River Esk

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Most of the North York Moors dales have wild daffodils in abundance.

Believed not truly native, there are enigmatic connections with the medieval Crusaders who may have brought bulbs home from the Middle East.

They were grown as a medicinal plant originally. Flowering during Lent (also known as Lenten Lilies) has given them a connection with Christianity and it's likely the Great Abbeys such as Rievaulx helped to some extent in spreading them around the area they managed.

They are thoroughly naturalised now, and spread by seeds and sometimes water moving bulbs during flood events.

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The National Daffodil Collection Showgarden at Trevarno now features over 2500 varieties and celebrates a joint venture with Ron Scamp, an internationally renowned daffodil grower, Mark Vandervliet of New Generation Daffodils in Cornwall and Carlos Vanderveek from Breezand in Holland. The collection has been extended to include much of Carlos’s own collection and that of the late Karol Vanderveeks famous collection in Holland.

The Collection at Trevarno is now the greatest available for public viewing and research to be found in the world today.

Unfortunately the estate is up for sale at £4,000,000

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