When the former pilot Keith Owen died, he left his fortune to the seaside town of Sidmouth, to brighten up the place he loved and visited many times. Since then more than 300 people have helped to realise his dream, planting bulbs around the town, making Sidmouth an even lovelier place than before. One of his ideas was to ‘plant a million daffodils’, this has been fulfilled, and the town and areas around it is now a sea of golden yellow and will be every spring.
Late on Sunday afternoon, after my walk at the Byes, where many carpets of daffs are blooming, I climbed a little way up Peak Hill where I knew the sight would be wonderful. Puffing my way past the flowers I sat here and enjoyed the view.
Once I’d got my breathe back, I tried to get some good shots, but the blue sky from earlier was misty.
I walked a little way back down, and the glow as I shot into the sun was dazzling.
What a generous soul Mr Owen must have been, and what a lasting legacy he has left!
40 thoughts on “A Million Daffodils”
Bright and beautiful.
They would have looked better if the sky was clear, but lovely anyway 🙂
There is nothing like a host of golden daffodils to brighten one’s heart. And your photos are lovely, even in the mist, or maybe even because of the mist 🙂
Thank you Jude there really were millions, but most along the road where I couldn’t stop!
That second shot is ridiculous woman! Wow!
It’s the place Margie, if ever you get to come to England do it at Sidmouth festival time!
That second shot? WOW! Such a fabulous view. The sea mist gives extra clarity to your host of golden daffodils.
It doesn’t quite do the view justice but it’s enough to remember it by 🙂
Taking my breath away… So beautiful, especially the second one. 🙂
Thanks Amy, such a symbol of springtime 🙂
Lovely photos, the story behind them is very interesting and special too.
Yes, what a generous man and with an amazing vision!
Thank you for sharing this story of ” A Million Daffodils,” no ordinary movement to witness each spring. The daffodils represents rebirth and new beginnings.
Thanks Connie, Keith Owen had such a wonderful vision and I’m glad you enjoyed my post. x 🙂 x
Indeed, what a wonderful legacy he left. I wonder if he envisaged how much beauty and happiness it would create. Thanks for sharing.
oh wow, that is a million dollar view – especially that second click. looks like your daffodils are out and about well ahead of the start of spring, too. thanks for sharing these ‘breathtaking’ views. appreciate your jaunt! 🙂
we’ve had an incredibly mild winter, and all the spring blossoms are popping here, too, well before normal.
It has been a mild winter here too, just way too much rain and I’m really glad to welcome spring 🙂
Lovely photos…daffodils are such cheery flowers. I was in Cornwall last week and the fields were full of them Spring has definitely arrived!
Thanks Anne, they really do cheer things up after winter 🙂
Heavenly. All that golden yellow is inspiring. If you can’t smile while viewing stretches of daffodils, you have no soul.
Gorgeous captures, Gilly. 😀 😀 ❤
Tess you’re such a love and even your comments are poetic!
Ha ha. You’re sweet and I’m no poet. ❤ ❤ ❤
Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
That hill is the perfect spot for planting them, 🙂
What a legacy. You write about this so well and the photos are wonderful. The second one is a mistress piece!
Thanks my lovely, I would have liked a clearer day, but yes what a wonderful man to make it happen!
Misty sky adds to the atmosphere. Beautiful!
Several people seem to think so, perhaps I picked a good day after all, thanks Paula!
I love the second shot of the view too, what a gorgeous outlook and a generous soul.
What a golden display Gilly…it makes me feel like smiling just seeing that carpet of happy yellow💕😊
Me too honey, isn’t spring wonderful X 🙂 x
Oh, oh, oh. So lovely. What a legacy is right! Spring times a million.
A very special gift to the community and visitors!
Loving the misty second one too 🙂 🙂 Can’t beat a hazy host!
A hazy host sounds like one who’s had too much bubbly stuff! x 🙂 x
My kinda host, Gilly 🙂
Such a fabulous sight and what a great legacy. Yellow is a really cheerful colour, and I’m sure Keith Owen’s generosity has caused many a smile to break out on the faces of the residents of Sidmouth. 🙂
Indeed, and it will bring spring visitors each year!
Indeed and they bloom beautifully… 🙂
Hi Gilly, I notice you follow many of the same blogs as I do so I thought I should pop over and have a peek at your place. Love the daffodils!