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Byline: By STEPHEN WHITE

A WEBSITE has been set up to monitor daffodils which inspired William Wordsworth to pen his most famous poem.

Already 90,000 visitors have logged on to see which bulbs are blooming across the Lake District.

The Petal Peek bulb watch was set up by the Lake District National Park Authority so "virtual visitors" could see the first blooms of spring.

Online media advisor Helen Reynolds came up with the idea after friends in London kept asking when the daffs come out.

She said: "They were surprised when I said late March. They bloom much earlier in the south."

The site at www.lakedistrict.gov.uk/petalpeek is based on what happens at Brockhole on Lake Windermere. Yesterday it reported snowdrops are out and winter aconites are under the magnolia.

Wordsworth's Daffodils began: "I wander'd lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o'er vales and hills, When all at once I saw a crowd, A host, of golden daffodils."

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Feb 21, 2006
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