Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Daffodil Days

Daffodils are coming into bloom. Some are early. Daffodil season lasts more than a month here, with early and late cultivars extending the season. We start out with yellow trumpets. We'll have others still blooming by next Bloom Day if all goes well. Some like Van Sion have fat buds now. Others like Pink Charm just have leaves peeking out of the ground. Daffodil season is my favorite time of year in the garden. They begin with camellias and last past azaleas.







Last year on February Bloom Day, I had violas. This year I failed to plan and plant. Year before last, camellias and deciduous magnolias were in bloom by mid-February along with some hyacinths. They're late this year. All have buds but no open blossoms yet. We do have loropetalum and Taiwan cherries.

Taiwan cherries

Paperwhite narcissus are dazzling now.
To the right of these are foliage of Oxblood lilies whose blossoms appear in late summer.

Bloom Day is the colorful notion of Carol of May Dreams Gardens Blog, now in its 5th year of Bloom Days at Garden blogs around the world. Visit her to link up. 

27 comments:

  1. Those yellow daffodils are so beautiful, we hope we have them too, but of course thy will not thrive in the hot tropics.

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  2. I love looking at gardens like yours, for a preview of spring that will surely come someday :) Daffodil time looks very sweet where you live!

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  3. Nell ~ I always enjoy seeing your daffodils each spring. They must be such a joy to see every day. I see them in the grocery store. :-)

    Enjoy all that beauty surrounding you.

    Hugs ~ FlowerLady

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  4. Great to see your photos from relatively balmy GA. I am in snow-covered Pennsylvania, but the temperature suddenly shot up and I managed to find some flowers outside. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy GBBD, Carolyn

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  5. How glorious! even my forced daffodils aren't blooming yet.

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  6. Beautiful daffodils, the herald of spring! Thank you for sharing - mine won't be out for at least another month or two.

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  7. Daffodils already! I love their bright yellow color, especially against a bare background like in your picture. How I long to see them in my garden....

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  8. I posted my first Daff bloom of this season today..love to see them open!

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  9. I can't believe you have daffodils already! I'm only 1/2 zone cooler than you, but yet no daffodil blooms yet. Gives me something to be looking for and forward to.

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  10. Hi Nell, I just love your daffodils and they make me even more eager for my own, which will probably start to bloom just before Easter here. In fact, in German they are called "Easter bells".

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  11. Thank you so much for commenting on my blog, it allowed me to find you! Your daffodils are quite the picture of Spring. It seems that you have quite a few of these cheery plants. I look forward to watching your garden grow! Happy bloom day to you!

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  12. Daffodils are great. And that Taiwan cherry is one I don't know about. Pretty cool. I like the projects you have going with this site. The dedicated plant pages are a nice idea.

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  13. aloha nell,

    what a nice surprise to see that you are out of most of the terrible storms from recent and are showing some daffodils - i'm also very fond of these when i grew them as one of the harbingers of good times ahead.

    thanks for connecting with me...

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  14. You are so lucky to be able to grow the likes of daffodils and cherries and deciduous magnolias. I remember my old Georgia garden and the anticipation of spring and those wonderful blooms it would bring. Of course, we usually got them in March and April, not February, but we were up in Zone 7. Happy Early Spring!

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  15. Love these photos! Seeing daffodils somehow heartens me that it won't be too long until they're peeking through the dirt at my place, too. Happy GBBD! :)

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  16. Nell Jean, Your daffodil with the field in the background is so lovely and poetic somehow. It seems to be colder everywhere this year. Still how lovely to be able to have flowering daffs in your garden in February! All I see is at least three feet of snow everywhere.

    ( I left you a note over at Blotanical. Not sure if you go there to check or if you get notice, but I am curious about the processing my new blog. Do you have any questions? I am wondering what the hold up is. Thanks!)

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  17. There's nothing like daffodils to brighten a day. I had to google Taiwan cherries because I have never seen it in my area but it looks like a plant that I would love to have in my garden! Thanks for sharing photos of your lovely plants.

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  18. Lovely! Daffodils are such a cheerful harbinger of spring...happy Bloom Day!

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  19. I love your daffodils! I'm hoping to grow them successfully this year here in sunny South Africa!

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  20. Love your daffodils and narcissus! It's interesting to see how each of the past three years has had its own timetable. Bloom Day is a great way to be reminded of how different the seasons can be, isn't it?

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  21. The daffodils are so pretty! Here they actually naturalize quite readily, someone has planted them along the freeway and each year there are more. Hope your increase and flourish as well.

    Happy Bloom Day!

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  22. Our snow is mostly gone......so we are a long way from daffs.

    I love the way yours are scattered here and there.
    Just lovely.

    I was surprised to the the paperwhites outside!

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  23. Nell Jean - I am leaving this message here instead of Blotanical because of the post limit there, and this is a long explanation. I kept wondering what was taking so long on my blog to show, and I realized that blog listings received after mine were on, so I re-submitted. I felt I must have done something wrong. A couple of days later, I received a letter from SueinMilan stating I was in and she was my mentor. I told her about the re-submission, but she said that had nothing to do with it, I had done nothing wrong in the submission, it was just taking time. Now I have a letter from you, which is so nice, but I feel this is from my re-submission and I hope now I haven't really messed up!!! Anyway, sorry about the long ramblings. Just wanted to explain that I am in, and have a mentor, and really appreciate your looking after me and bugging the powers that be to get me processed!

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  24. Hi Nell Jean, Your daffodils are beautiful! And the pictures are great, they really show off that rich yellow color.

    I took a peak at your daylily pics. There are so many pretty varieties. I tried to plant some a couple of years ago, but that was my first foray in the garden and nothing much survived. I'll be checking back to see your daylily progress. The variety pictured first is my favorite of the set. :)

    Thanks so much for stopping by my site! I love meeting new gardeners through GBBD.

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  25. You are definitely ahead of us. I think my daffs are about an inch and a half high. It won't be long though. Loved seeing yours. Happy Bloom Day.~~Dee

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  26. Nice to see blooms going on somewhere. Hopefully not too much longer for here.

    Cher
    Goldenray Yorkies

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  27. Daffodils are always such a lovely cheerful announcement of spring.

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