In Sercaia commune, Brasov County, encompassing Vad and Halmeag villages, you may find an impressive natural habitat at the bottom of Fagaras Mountains. It includes the chain of monasteries (Sambata, Bucium, Dejani, Carta and Fagaras) and "Dumbrava Vadului" Natural Reserve where you can see all over the place daffodils and irises. The tourists visiting this reserve are astonished by the beauties of the nature: the white spread of daffodils surrounds the extraordinarily beautiful violet-blue irises.
The wild iris
"I have been taking care of the irises and the daffodils in this reserve for 11 years. The irises grew sooner this year and they are more than ever. This is a splendid view and one may see this place as a piece of heaven. The iris is also known as the wild iris and its scientific designation is Iris Sibirica. It is a water plant and, as well as the daffodils, they are flowers declared natural monuments. Tourists visiting this reserve may learn about the Legend of the Daffodil, telling a very nice love story", said Mr. Aurel Ruceanu, the forest ranger of the reserve.
The legend of the daffodils
Narcis was a lonely young man who walked through the forest. Because he was very beautiful, a nymph named Echo fell in love with him and died unhappy, leaving behind only her voice. This is how the Legend of the Echo emerged. They used to say that the Goddess Nemesis ? the Goddess of Revenge, decided to punish the young man and cursed him to never fall in love. Narcis saw his face in the water and fell in love with himself. He fell in the water when he wanted to give it a hug and drowned. The nymphs came to cry and turned him to a white scented flower, with tall stem: the daffodil (narcissus).
Other opportunities to relax
"We would like to send an invitation to all those who love nature to visit our region, an important node of the Romanian-Hungarian-German interculturality, and Dumbrava Vadului Natural Reserve, offering them extra opportunities to relax and exercise. People are warm and eager to welcome guests in their prosperous homes. The cuisine here is specific to Ardeal region, with Transylvanian Saxon and Hungarian influences", said Mr. Cristinel Paltin, the Mayor of Sercaia.