Lenten Lillies

Lenten Lily is the Yorkshire name for the daffodil, the wild English variety. I’m not sure if these are indeed truly wild daffodils but I like the name.

Daffs are poisonous nevertheless they have been used throughout the centuries for medicinal purposes particularly as a cure for cancer. Hippocrates himself recommended a pessary prepared from daffodils for tumours of the womb. In modern medicine galantamine, used to control Alzheimer’s disease, is obtained from daffodils grown commercially for the very purpose.

In a few months this view of Roseberry will not be possible as the bracken will be five feet high. No sign of any fronds yet.


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