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Monday, February 4, 2013

Flowers in the House - first bouquet of Daffodils

In late winter I begin waiting for the first daffodils to appear - not in the ground, we have much longer to wait for that - but in the grocery stores.  I look for the little tubs of them outside the doors - and there they were - dozens and dozens of them.  Some were in bloom but I always get the very tightest buds I can find.  They open in a day or two and I get a longer lasting flower.

Fresh from the store - oh so tight - but wait.  .  .  

By early the next morning they are beginning open .  .  .  

A few hours later - the scent begins wafting about the house .  .  . 

 Ohh -  one is open all the way - and only the second day.  .  . 

Day three - fully open and heavenly scent.  Daffodils got their name because Victorian ladies (oh so delicate those ladies were) would swoon and become daffy from the  lovely scent of the flowers.

Each flower so special.  .  .

I love their ruffly cups - I will buy daffodils all season.

We live in an area that grows thousands of acres of daffodils every year.  They are for commercial sale of the bulbs and after the blooms are full then they are cut off so the plant can use all of its energy to build the bulb for next year.  But if you catch it just right you can see the fields full of sunshine and daffodils - usually early April is the best time.  My very first post on this blog was about daffodils - check it out HERE.  There is a lot about tulips in that post - but some great daffodil pictures too.  More daffodils you say - ok, go HERE

What is your favorite flower?

Linking to Small But Charming - Flowers in the House


flwrjane said...

Wow you are a fabulous edition to the party with your lovely words and fabulous pictures of the daffodils.

Now I want some.

xo Jane

Vintage Tea Time said...

What a lovely post! I so agree with you about daffodils - and I love the way you've captured their unfolding! Have a good week! X

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Oh my gosh what gorgeous photos of such beautiful flowers! My favorite flowers are sunflowers, but these daffodils are fantastic.

webb said...

Those are lovely pictures. Doesn't the smell make you daffy, too?

Guess i should stop complaining about the interminable winter here in Virginia, when you are in Alaska! Making me feel guilty.

Ann @thequiltingcats said...

I miss the fields of Daffodils and Tulips in your area. I always loved driving to Bellingham in the Spring when the fields were blooming! Just like the wild Poppies of California!
My favorite flowers are Carnations though. Probably has something to do with the Barracuda Swim Team selling them every year, and hoping a boy would buy one for me, or one would secretly show up in my locker, all the way thru grade school and junior high. :)

Amelia said...

That is just pure sunshine. Defines the color yellow which is lovely to see during these gray winter days.

Jen said...

Beautiful! Their fragrance means spring to me. Would love to see those fields!

My Little Home and Garden said...

Daffodils definitely say spring will be coming. It's hard for me to choose a favourite flower, but I'm very fond of tulips!

Pondside said...

I love this time of year when the daffodils and tulips are in buckets outside every corner store.

Lorrie said...

My favourite flower depends on the season and what's in bloom. Daffodils are right up there for spring! How fun to take pictures as they open.

Anonymous said...

I think I like seeing daffodils in the fields more than in my house, though I do love them indoors. To see a sea of yellow is something else.

Folkways Note Book said...

When I lived in Oregon I remember well looking forward to the blooming fields of daffs. A daff farm near me had an honor stand by the road where one could leave their money and take home a bouquet of daffs. I enjoyed this outing to pick up the flowers and see the fields blooming. Your post brought back those good memories -- barbara

Lili said...

I did not know that about the scent and the Victorian ladies...very interesting. I love buying these too from our local grocery. I'm wondering if they are cheaper there because of being plentiful. Here they are about $4 for a small bundle.