The snowdrops are followed in late March by the daffodils, again nearly all planted by Lady Grey between the Wars; they are therefore all the old varieties and she was particularly fond of the white and paler yellow ones, with single trumpets as opposed to double. Varieties include Seagull, Albatross, King Alfred, Pheasant Eye, Amabilis, Principis, Sirius, and Tenedos. They are planted all over the garden and last well into May. Many of the old bulbs ought to be dug up and divided, but that would be a labour of Hercules. We have recently established different forms of early daffodils like the Lent Lily up the Back Drive under the young beeches.
On the south side of the Hall in the meadow down by the Burn, there are some native fritillaries, Fritillaria meleagris, including some white ones, which can be seen in April.
The autumn colchicums are another feature, whose lush green leaves in spring make a fine contrast to the daffodils; the flowers, mostly purple with some white, appear in September. Nearly all were planted by Mabel Grey and are larger forms than most modern ones.