Too-loud trumpets Posted on March 7, 2011

What do you do when the local district council distributes daffodil bulbs to its parish councils, with the implied instruction to suburbanize the countryside? Braintree Council has spent taxpayers’ money on brazen varieties that are bad enough in a garden but a disaster along a country lane. And this is supposed to be a period of austerity.

Of course there are people who will like them, and want their country lanes cheered up. But we don’t plant flowering cherries in the place of oaks, and we shouldn’t plant nursery varieties of bulbs where there should be wild flowers – including, of course, our native daffodil.

The only recourse I can think of is a springtime spot of Round Up.

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