Friday, April 29, 2022

Daffodil Days

The Daffodil Walk
If late March is for crocuses and hellebores in this little corner of the world, then April is all about daffodils. Sunny yellow and white blooms greet you along the Daffodil Walk leading to our front door.  I bought a box of unmarked, mixed daffodil bulbs so I don't know the name of any of them. I love them all. I planted more daffodils behind the picket fence in Serenity, and several in the garden I call Abundance. Their sunny faces are a wonderful sign that spring has arrived.
I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.
-- Ruth Stout

Daffodil Narcissus

Daffodils in the Serenity Garden

My view from the garden room window

Narcissus 'Terra boucle', a double miniature daffodil

Peeping through the picket fence in the kitchen garden I believe I can see the first bloom on the double daffodil, 'Tahiti', gracing the Garden of Abundance.
Lungwort Pulmonaria and various daffodils

  Let's take a walk to find what other plants are blooming in my garden. 
Snow Fountain Weeping Cherry Prunus x 'Snofozam'

Pulmonaria has the not very pretty common name Lungwort. Its pink and blue bossoms are very pretty.

Primroses are blossoming in the cottage garden. Creamy, yellow primroses remind me of England almost more than any other flower. April 19, was Primrose Day. It is said that the primrose was the favorite flower of Benjamin Disraeli, twice prime minister of England -- Disraeli died on that day in 1881 and Primrose Day was born. I have several of these lovely plants in my English cottage garden. They are just beginning to bloom. 
The name, primrose, comes from the Latin 'primus' that means 'the first.'  Appropriate for one of the first flowers to bloom in spring. There are at least 500 species of Primula plus numerous hybrids and cultivars. They are native to the temperate regions of the Northern and Southern hemisphere.

Her fairies climb the bare, brown trees,
And set green caps on every stalk;
Her primroses peep bashfully
From borders of the garden walk.

-- Hannah R. Hudson "April" The Atlantic Monthly, 1868 
Primrose Primula vulgaris

Primrose Primula vulgaris and Grape hyacinth Muscari armeniacum

Dwarf weeping redbud Cercis canadensis 'Lavender Twist'

Of course, there are hellebores still. Their pretty, nodding blooms beautify the woodland walk. 


Hellebores in the Woodland Walk

The first tulip to bloom each season was planted by my husband's mother more than 50 years ago. It is sheltered in a corner between the tractor shed and a picket fence where deer do not venture.

April is a promise that May is bound to keep.-- Hal Borland

May is nearly here and, hopefully, we can put behind us the dreadful weather April brought this year. I am ready for some warm days and spending time in my favorite place, the garden. 
I'm linking to Sarah, Through the Garden Gate, in England. Her spring garden is stunning!

Stay safe and healthy dear gardening friends. 
Pamela x

Bowl of yellow pansies and wreath of tulips greet visitors to our little farm.

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  1. Those early spring blossoms are just glorious. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Those daffodils are stunning...and everything else, too. They are such mood boosters. Happy spring!

  3. Your daffodils are glorious. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I will definitely buy more daffodil bulbs this fall after seeing your beautiful pictures. I probably have over 100 blooming, but so many of them have been broken by the ferocious winds we’ve been having this spring in southeastern Massachusetts. Please give Bilbo a hug for me.

  5. Like you, I am just loving every moment of my April garden. So beautiful!

  6. Beautiful spring flowers! Your garden is wonderful!

  7. I have daffodils of many varieties all over my yard too. I most particularly like the long row of them I've planted up at the top of our backyard hill, in front of a crumbling stone wall. They're King Alfred types and bloom before all the others, and it just gives me such joy to see them back there from my kitchen window when I'm doing the dishes. You have inspired me to plant hellebores along the edges of the woods that border our yard--Frank from Sorta Like Suburbia was kind enough to give me very many from his own garden! He also gave me a nice collection of primroses, so I'm seaching for the right places for those! I can't believe you have a 50 year old tulip! How impressive!

  8. How beautiful everything looks in your gardens this spring, Pam -- what a beautiful time of year! Thanks so much for sharing these lovely scenes with us. Best, -Beth