Dances with Daffodils

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Temperatures in the 50s, sun shining brightly, air as crisp and clean as newly laundered sheets – who could resist working in the garden on such a day?  However four years of drought have stressed many of our plants, some to the point where they will not make it.  Others were sacrificed to make way for a new drip system, which will save water but turned parts of the backyard into Mudville, only without the baseball team.

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But the noble daffodil, the national flower of Wales and symbol of cancer charities, hid deep beneath the chaos and when all was done, forged through the mud.

Seeing these green stalks rising from devastation, made my heart dance with joy.

To quote William Wordsworth:

I wandered 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;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Strawberry

Another survivor – the humble ornamental strawberry.

 

 

And so, I’m happy to report there is joy in Mudville tonight! Mighty Casey has indeed hit a homer.

Now to keep those pesky weeds and “volunteers” from taking over!

 

 

37 thoughts on “Dances with Daffodils

  1. We’re still a month away from the first crocus to forge their way through the dirt. The bane of my garden is ‘creeping charlie’. That stuff is so hard to get rid of.

    • Oh, it’s not spring yet – once the sun goes down it is cold and the rains are due back later this week. We don’t often get snow but when we do, it doesn’t seem to bother the daffodils! They’ll peak their heads up through the snow. Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Although our temperatures have been well above normal, I think we’re still a long way from seeing any plants attempt a come-back. The first green sprouts of spring are always such a happy sight!!

  3. Wordsworth’s poem always makes me so happy 🙂 I haven’t planted daffodils in quite a while, but I do have some tulips in an old wheelbarrow sitting in my garage. They’ve just started to poke above the dirt and will shoot right up as soon as I move the to the backyard in March.

  4. Thanks for this cheery post, Jan! Here in New England, it’s been warm enough to worry me a lot. And the kids’ school just got another bomb threat–the second in a couple of weeks. So I needed something happy to read. Love the daffodils–they’re so brave and resilient.

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