I am joining in with Cathy‘s meme this week with a vase of daffodils from the orchard.
On a previous post I have complained about the daffodils being such a mixed bunch of big ones rather than carpets of little Narcissus pseudonarcissus like the ones at Warley Place in Essex. OK, I have to admit to being a bit of a daffodil snob; I love little Narcissus and the later Poet’s Eye, Narcissus poeticus but the big, blowsy ones are a bit too Municipal Park to me. Besides, I don’t know any of their names, and I hate not knowing the names of plants.
But today, the sun is shining and I took the time to really look at them and I was surprised at how many different varieties there are. I picked one of each for my vase.
With the daffodils I used Forsythia, Skimmia japonica subsp. ‘Reevesiana’ and Cornus alba ‘Sibirica’ which has nice green leaves now and needs cutting down anyway. The little pussy willow catkins are from the lovely Salix purpurea ‘Nancy Saunders’ which is elegant and beautiful all year round.
Looking at them each individually, I have to admit they are all rather lovely. I feel sorry that I have lived here for nearly 5 years without appreciating them before. Here are a few of them.
Nothing says Springtime quite like the lovely daffodil.
She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
‘Winter is dead.‘
Thank you to Cathy at Ramblinginthegarden for getting us all picking flowers and appreciating what treasures we have in our gardens. It is lovely to bring some of the garden into the house. Why don’t you join in?