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You can blow away the cobwebs of winter and raise money for charity
March is the month when we all go a little daffy as the cabin fever caused by a long winter starts to wear off and we look forward to spring.
If there is one striking confirmation of the gradual change in seasons it comes in the form of the daffodil, understandably seen in time past as a symbol of rebirth.
To help you see them in all their glory the National Garden Scheme has decided to repeat its successful Wordsworths Daffodil Legacy Day on Sunday, March 24.
The NGS is regularly supported by our gardening writer Linda Viney. Gardeners across Lancashire and the Lakes work tirelessly to open their plots and raise money for charity and Linda often showcases their spectacular efforts.
Wordsworth Day presents a curtain-raiser to the NGS 2013 season with no
less than nine gardens open from across the Lakes. The starting point is, of course, Doras Field at Rydal Mount. Wordsworth had this planted with a host of daffs in memory of his daughter.
Close to Rydal Mount, you can also visit Eller Howe in Lindale and Holehird Gardens in Windermere.
If you are inclined to try further afield, other venues include High Moss in Portinscale near Keswick, Newton Rigg Campus Gardens, Penrith, nearby Lowther Castle & Garden Trust and Acorn Bank Garden & Watermill in Temple Sowerby. Its a good chance to brush off the winter cobwebs and raise a few bob for charity. All the details on are the NGS website, www.ngs.org