Looking At Daffodils, Among Others

During a strip of warm, sunny days the garden chores nagging the conscience about needing done were accomplished with renewed vigor. The Fairegarden was screeching for attention of the get down and dirty kind. Prunings, perennial divisions and movings, long put off heavy duty clean up all were tended to during spring like temperatures.

While all the toiling was boiling, the garden was opening wide and saying “Ahhhh.”

Head down, gaze laser focused on the tasks at hand, getting grubby with muscles becoming fried and joints becoming frozen in place, we almost missed what was happening around us.


Most of the spring show flowers are still in the holding tank, but the early daffodils, Narcissus ‘pseudonarcissus and N. ‘Jetfire’ have released petals a’fluttering.

Golden globules garnish the garden.

Volunteer Helleborus orientalis is just as plentiful, if not more so. Ornamental quince, Chaenomeles, passalongs from neighbors Mae and Mickey add just the punch of contrasting coral color needed to enliven the scene.

No hue attracts the human gaze more readily than yellow.

Imagine the Viola ‘Antique Shades’ without the little dab’ll do ya of yellow in the center.

Other flowers only add to the palette…

…As we await the rest of the plantings to take their turn on the cake stand.


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26 Responses to Looking At Daffodils, Among Others

  1. Larry says:

    Hi… I hadn’t seen your posts for awhile as my connection with them was somehow disabled…. wonderful to be back! Do you move your hellebore seedlings away from the parent plant or just let them do their thing… I was going to get rid of mine but was impressed with yours in your last post and expect I’ll now allow them… wonderful and unique photos as always… it’s good to be back! Larry

    Call the FBI, call the Coast Guard, calling all cars! Disabled connection to my posts??? Dear Larry, I am so glad you have been able to come back and welcome! When we first noticed the seedlings, I excitedly moved them all over the garden, that is how the collection grew to such a size. I no longer do that and now pull seedlings from the most unusual spots, like a patch of moss on old bricks. If you want more Hellebores, placing the seedlings when they are little will give you all the free plants you could ever want. πŸ™‚

  2. chuck_b. says:

    Suck it, winter!!!


    (….I hope that exclamation wasn’t too severe for fairegarden….)

    Daffodils in my back 40 were all falling over (because SOMEBODY [who shall remain nameless {me}] didn’t plant the bulbs deeply enough) so I cut them, and brought ’em all in. Well, they’re very nice on the kitchen table.

    It is interesting to me that the kittens, who DEVOUR cut roses, have not nibbled on the cut daffodils at all (whew—because I know they are poisonous), while the marauding rodents who ate ALL my containerized tulip bulbs left the daffodil bulbs totally alone. So, I hypothesize that the daffodil bulbs themselves must emanate some kind of smell that is a turn-off to little, animal-sized brains.

    What do you think?

    You and those evenly spaced, upside-down pots are too cute.

    Your violets are also lovely.

    Dear Chuck, I am so glad to see you here, the strong language is forgiven! HA Sometimes, like in torrential rains we are having at the moment, the daffodils are beaten flat to the ground. The little early ones that I used to think were Rijnveld’s Early Sensation pop right back up but the larger flowered taller ones, like Ice Follies do not so they get cut and brought inside. I always worry the the plant eating cat, Hazel, she even will eat artificial plants, will get poisoned so put them out of her reach, which isn’t easy! I do think the animals in the wild know what is poisonous, perhaps a scent as you suggest. Glad you like my pots along the wall. They were supposed to be an obstacle to the squirrels running at full speed then jumping onto the bird feeders. It didn’t stop those acrobatic devils but I liked the look of them. Of course they are evenly spaced, that is in my genetic makeup. πŸ™‚

  3. I love your daffodil slope. I always find a glimpse of that bright yellow from the corner of the eye while bent double dividing, pruning, planting, alleviates the strain and puts a smile on my face. There is a glorious excitement at this time of year, as you wait with breath almost bated to see what pops up where. Looking forward to enjoying the ever changing tapestry of your garden as Spring takes hold.

    Thanks Janet, for that poetic response, way to get into the proper mood! HA Seeing all of the daffs and hellebores on the slope, the main view from inside the addition is thrilling, but all my brain can say is, spread them some more! It is the time of year of these bloomers, so much earlier than the rest of the fancy daffs that makes them so wonderful. I will be spreading them some more. It is best to do it when you can see where everything is rather than when the experts tell you to do it, in the fall. How does one know where the gaps are then? πŸ™‚

  4. Eileen says:

    Hi Frances,

    Wonderful scenes of the spring garden. I can’t wait until I see something bloom.


    Hi Eileen, thanks. I hope your blooms show up soon! πŸ™‚

  5. Randy Emmitt says:


    I know all too well about not being able to take the time to enjoy the garden. I don’t think Meg has been here when the sun is shining to see our ‘firefly’ crocuses. Those dafs look great with all your hellebores.

    Hi Randy, it’s hard to force yourself to look up and over the garden rather than what needs doing sometimes. Rainy days force us to view from inside the house, but we miss that sunlight of the petals. Hope Meg gets to see the Fireflies lit up! πŸ™‚

  6. Linda says:

    Today we have snow again!!!!
    No spring anywhere…. :o(…
    Please give me some of your spring!

    Hi Linda, it sounds like winter has not let go there yet. Soon I hope, you are welcome to visit anytime for an earlier spring. πŸ™‚

  7. Sharon says:

    Beautiful, My container Daffodils have yet to bloom, they won’t be long in coming, I have a variety called ‘juanita’ that looks like they will be the first to bloom. The ‘Pink Charms Mix’ have not gotten tall yet. My crocuses are sending up blooms. I bought two more rose bushes ‘Chicago Peace’ and ‘Paradise’. I’m looking forward to seeing some color. In the fall I had Three Rose bushes, the last one was not as cold hardy, it survived the other two look dead still. I’m blaming the design of the first two self watering containers. The third I did different. I really should invest in gardening gloves soon, I got poked by the thorns on the two new rose bushes. Gloves might not have helped, I got poked when bringing them home lol.

    Hi Sharon, thanks. These daffs are very early, we still have many barely out of the ground. Good luck with your roses, we have much better luck with the own root antique varieties and the knockout group. Yes, you need rose gloves, but can still get poked by those thorns. Wear gloves while shopping? πŸ™‚

    • Sharon says:

      I went back to walmart and got 4 more roses- “Pristine’, Moonlight Magic’, ‘Ambassador’, and ‘Peace’- Peace was $4.25, while the others had been marked down half price ($2.12) because of the coming cold snap- they had more damage to the existing buds. The branches were still healthy green. I’ve got them inside, and even brought the others inside that I just transplanted till this cold snap is over with, and they have a chance to adjust.

      Way to spot a bargain, Sharon! Good luck with your new roses. πŸ™‚

  8. Such a nice display, Frances. You really can’t have enough daffs, can you? H.

    Thanks Helen. There can never be enough, we are greedy when it comes to the daffs, among others. πŸ™‚

  9. Carol says:

    Those daffodils are a pretty sight! Your garden is a lot further along than mine.

    Hi Carol, thanks. I believe we are about two weeks ahead in our zone 7. It helps to have lots of the earliest types of bloomers too. I will take early over fancy any day. But really want both! πŸ™‚

  10. Layanee says:

    Oh, that hillside dotted with glowing gems is divine and the newly planted wall looks great.

    Glowing gems, good one, Layanee! Thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

  11. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Those daffs look like the beatiful flowers on top of the cake that always catches the eye. I can’t wait to see those dots of yellow in my own garden. It won’t be as long as it has been. Rain rain rain here. When it stops & warms I bet the yellow starts popping. Seeing yours gladdens my heart.

    Dear Lisa, it won’t be long until you have the yellow dotted cake, too. The rain keeps us from going outside, but we are glad of it, and glad you are glad to see our daffs. πŸ™‚

  12. Donna says:

    I miss the daffodils multiplying in the fields and forest edges of Pennsylvania. Western New York had a campaign to paint the sides of the highways golden, and planted hundreds of thousands of bulbs, but over the years they have slowly disappeared. Our clay soil is not the best for a plant wanting free draining soil. The towns also planted during this time because the bulbs were free for the asking. But again, there are not many left. I will try to photograph places that still have a decent showing.

    In PA they grow with out even trying. My grandfather had fields of them growing on his property. That was heaven riding my horse through those fields. Like Dorothy of Oz.

    Hi Donna, that vision you paint sounds delightful, especially the horse riding part! We have heavy clay here, but the slope helps so much with the drainage that the daffs love it. The roadside plantings sound wonderful. Sometimes they mow too soon and don’t let the foliage mature like it needs to. I have actually lost daffs by cutting them to the ground in an impatient fit.

  13. commonweeder says:

    It is so wonderful to look at Spring. Those daffodils are so sunny. Right now I have a pot of delicate miniature! daffodils on my bedroom windowsill, but the snow is still deep outside.

    That sounds perfect, Pat, the littles! How cheering they must be until your own spring starts. Soon, I hope! πŸ™‚

  14. gail says:

    Frances, What a lovely treat on this too gray and wet day! The hillside is beautiful~I do like that rusted sphere with the rocks~The pop of quince red is a perfect compliment to the golds and yellows. A delightful prelude to what shall be arriving in your magical garden! xxoogail

    Thanks Gail. It is very wet here, deluge even, but we needed the rain and will be glad for it later this summer when every drop counts. The sphere is old whiskey barrel staves leftover when the wood rotten out. I have a couple of them, held with rocks and wire. Those quince are perfect, makes us remember that a punch of red helps all colors. πŸ™‚

  15. Nell Jean says:

    Early over fancy; me too. Early and mid daffodils are already on the way out here. I moved some ‘in the green’ that were not in a location that promoted bloom. It has been a great daffodil year. Even shy Minnow is blooming. I’m so excited over what’s next all the way to June.

    Hi Nell Jean, glad to hear it! Minnow is so sweet, I need to add more of the small flowered ones where they can be appreciated. So far all of this rain has helped the flowers last longer, way better than dry heat, even though it means we have to stay inside. We are good until June too, well July really since the daylilies own June-July. August is our flat month, before the grasses, asters and mums kick in.

  16. Ahhhhhh spring, just what this winter weary gardener needed! No daffodils or hellebores here yet, but the snowbanks are receding dramatically and we’ll push on through. We always do. I am excited thinking about the baby hellebores and how they have overwintered. xx jodi

    Thanks Jodi, yes, your spring will come like it always does. We will be hot and missing the spring flowers and yours will be giving you great joy. I hope those babies bloom someday for you! πŸ™‚

  17. I would love to be in your garden right now. I just love it!

    I would love for you to be in my garden right now, too, MMD! Although right at the moment we would need to be tethered to the maple tree, the wind would blow us up into the air! We could fly like the hawks! πŸ™‚

  18. MNGarden says:

    We are still dealing with rain. I am so in need of a sunny day. It is actually trying to clear up today. So many things to do. Your garden is all spiffy and ready for the big show. I can’t wait.

    Hi Donna, thanks. We too are enduring yet more rain, but the garden is happy about it, we were in the negative for rainfall and are now back to normal with some in the bank. Spring is here! πŸ™‚

  19. Marguerite says:

    Flowering quince! I was wondering what that wonderful splash of bright pink was. How nice it must be to spend time in your garden right now. Spring is always such a wonderful time.

    Hi Marquerite, thanks. That coral quince color is exactly what is needed to break up the sea of yellow and pale pastels of the hellebores. I keep them pruned very small into little balls because this is a shrub that can get quite large if left to its own devices. I live to garden and spring is the best! πŸ™‚

  20. Christine says:

    Your Daffodils are gorgeous. As we head into Autumn here I’ll be enjoying watching your Spring πŸ™‚

    Hi Christine, thanks and welcome. It is so interesting that your hemisphere is experiencing the season at the other end of the scale than we are. Enjoy your fall! πŸ™‚

  21. Janet says:

    I love finding so many daffodils popping out in our new area. I find myself looking in areas I hadn’t seen before because the bright yellow blooms draw my eye.
    Happy Spring!

    Hi Janet, that is fabulous! Nothing like the surprise of yellow daffs to make one want to cheer! Happy Spring to you! πŸ™‚

  22. Cheerful! I hope to plant a lot of daffs this Fall… just couldn’t get it done before. πŸ™‚ Great signs of Spring. It’ll be here before long, too. πŸ™‚

    Hi Shady, thanks. Yes to more daffs, always more. I will be going out and spreading these all over, even more than have already been spread, when the rain allows. More is never enough! πŸ™‚

  23. Rose says:

    Just beautiful, Frances! This is better than anything I saw at the Chicago Flower Show–and I know they’re all real:) Ahh, I wish spring would hurry up and come here.

    Hi Rose, thanks. Shame on CFS for have fake flowers! They should know better than that. Heads should roll! Spring is coming, but can’t seem to make up its mind just yet. It is quite cold and wet here with a wind chill. Had to get the long johns back out.

  24. VW says:

    Yummy, cheerful daffs – the violets make such a nice contrast in color. There’s so much color in your garden already, so wonderful. Enjoy it for me, as color is still a ways off in my chilly garden!

    Hi VW, thanks. Those Violas will lighten up in color as the temps rise. They are very dark when it is cold but get more yellow and gold mixed with pink in warmer times. We have worked to get the earliest of the early here, en masse. We don’t want to wait! πŸ™‚

  25. ilona says:

    Love the little daffodils, you have so much color and it is all so beautiful. I was looking at last seasons pictures and we are way behind the usual advance of springtime. It has been a hard winter in the midwest.

    Thanks Ilona. We were behind when the awakening began by about two weeks, but are catching up now. It has been cold and wetter than normal, but the plants seem to like it even if the gardener finds it chilling when working outside. May your spring come soon! πŸ™‚

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