“Plant 2,000 daffodil bulbs immediately!”

These were the instructions Krishnamurti cabled to England when it was thought a suitable house had been found in which to start a school. Shortly afterwards Brockwood was found and hundreds, if not thousands, of daffodil bulbs were planted during the following years. Now they are flowering in profusion and at their peak, as this bevy of photographs show.

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In her biography of Krishnamurti’s life ‘The Years of Fulfilment’ Mary Lutyens beautifully describes the lead up to and the discovery of Brockwood and mentions the instruction from Krishnamurti:

“In their absence the trustees of the new Foundation in England had been looking for a house for the school. It had to be fairly close to London and with enough land to ensure complete privacy. Ayot Place having been turned down, a second house near Horsham, called Nore, belonging to Dirk Bogarde, was considered sufficiently promising for K to cable, ‘Plant 2,000 daffodil bulbs immediately’, and for Alain to fly over from New York for the night on September 24 to inspect it. I went with him to see it and we came to the conclusion that it was too small. While K was giving talks in New York at the New School for Social Research, a third property was found which seemed ideal—Brockwood Park, Bramdean, in Hampshire, midway between Petersfield and Winchester about sixty-four miles from London, belonging to Lord Chesham. It was a large, low, white, late-Georgian house, set in thirty-six acres of park and garden, surrounded by farm land in some of the most beautiful country in England, with extensive views to the south of rolling hills and woodlands. It had a small swimming pool, a hard tennis court and a vast derelict walled kitchen garden (ideal for vegetarians when brought under cultivation), and a little way from the house, an enclosed grove full of azaleas and rare trees, including a great ‘handkerchief’ tree and some of K’s favourite sequoias. A beautiful beech avenue led from the Winchester road to the park lodge, and a further avenue of copper beeches curled round to the back entrance.”

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