Saturday, April 23, 2016

The Resilience of the Daffodil

I was worried in January. Our Michigan Januarys are not known for being kind months. We are better known in the winter season as being cold and snowy. Streets that aren't plowed all that well end up rutted with ice and we know in due course, when all melts, they will be rutted with potholes.But this year was different. Surprisingly warm days marked the calendar. All right, "warm" is a bit generous. But clearly above the freezing mark. And soon I saw this.

The last thing one wants to see in the middle of winter in Michigan is the sprouting of daffodils.

Oh, it's a nice thought. A hint of spring to come. But we've lived here all too long and know far too well that this warm streak is a tease. Soon those baby sprouts will be under snow and then ice. Will they bloom in spring or has their party boat already sailed?

This weather dance continued in February and March but still, the daffodils grew taller. And finally, the buds bursts from their green cocoons.

There's still plenty of time for worry. Their heads are bowed. Drooping low.

But they bloom.

And the continue to bloom -- now, finally, as the temperatures stay well into normal spring range -- more and more, flashing their sunny smiles to whomever passes.

Their heads now reach high into the sun. "Come and get me," they cry out defiantly to an evening that threatens to be a bit too cool. "I have survived the winter. I will survive you!"

Soon enough they will be joined by other garden friends. Brilliant tulips, clouds of forsythia, the white of the tulip trees and the deep pink of the redbud. But they will be the shining stars, the ones who ventured earliest into this spring and who will continue to pop in all their other variations.

They will brighten up the house in vases by the window, catching the morning sun.

They will intrigue curious cats who might bat them about and become rapidly bored, moving onto some other bright, dangerous object.

They will tell me, with each and every glance, "I told you I'd stand by you. I told you I'd be here when spring came."

And they were oh, so right.

May someone give you a bouquet of daffodils today.

Or perhaps, just to be on the safe side, you treat yourself to some.

They are resilient. And so are we.

This post is linked to the Garden Party at Thoughts of Home and Share Your Cup. Please click HERE for links to some gorgeous gardens!


My name is Erika. said...

Love your dafs. They are such wonderful messengers of spring. :) And it is here-really here now I think. I just got swarmed by black flies on my walk.

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh so lovely to see your daffodils. Mine are gone now. I just knew they would be there for you. What should wonderful post.

Marilyn Miller said...

Oh so lovely to see your daffodils. Mine are gone now. I just knew they would be there for you. What should wonderful post.

Jenny Woolf said...

Well, Jeanie you have totally summed up my feelings about daffodils too. No wonder they're among my very favourite flowers! I too was concerned in January when they were fully out in some parts of London. Of course our winters are very mild compared with yours, It's amazing how they still managed to put on a good show once the "correct" flowering season came along.

Joanne Huffman said...

They're sturdy reminders that winter doesn't last forever.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Your flowers are lovely and so pretty standing up so tall.

So glad that winter didn't come back and take all your pretties.

Great photo's - thanks so much for sharing.

Have a great week.


Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

SO pretty! Thanks for sharing your beautiful blooms.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

These are beautiful, Jeanie. Our daffs are all gone, so are the tulips, and now all my irises have bloomed and gone, too. The redbud trees are now leafed out and spring has turned its back on the beauty of the early flowers. Thanks for sharing yours, though. This is what my place looked like nearly a month ago! Glad it lives on in your world, at least. Have a super rest of the weekend, and enjoy those gorgeous beauties.

Bella Rum said...

Tough little guys, aren't they? I feel like I did get a bouquet of them after being treated to such beautiful photos of them. Thank you.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

First of all dear friend, thank you for coming to Nowhere! I just saw the post for yesterday on my birthday, we were out all day enjoying the most glorious of colors! Unbelievable how this much color comes back after such treacherous and wicked winters.

But the daffodil is one of the first to poke out its head. It's the first to face the edge of winter to tell the other tender shoots that all is clear. This is indeed a brave little plant!

OH MY FRIEND, all is in bloom; enjoy it!

The French Hutch said...

Oh Jeanie, the daff is my favorite of all the flowers. There is something about the little yellow heads bobbing in the breeze. When we were in Amsterdam we saw gardens with rows and rows of these beauties, a sight I will always remember. Ours have long come and gone but always the first sign spring. Thanks for the daffodils………your daffodils are beautiful.

Tammie Lee said...

So glad that they survived! So very pretty.
Mine are blooming too, i enjoy them so much. But the rain storms we have been having are bending them over and i bring more and more inside.

Esme said...

I adore daffidols. My dad planted some and they were right outside our kitchen window. A pretty smiling face greeting us each morning.

Lynne said...

Lovely . . . beautiful post . . .
Cheery my dear!

Janet said...

Daffodils are such happy flowers...that bright sunny yellow just says smile! And I did.

Victoria Zigler said...

I'm so glad they survived!

Shelia said...

Hi Jeanie! Oh, the daffodils are so beautiful! I meant to plant some last fall but didn't do it! I'm glad too the cold cold weather didn't take their little pretty lives! Thanks for popping in to see me and have a great week.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Your daffs are gorgeous, Jeanie! There is a benefit to living in a colder climate:) you get amazing Spring blooms.

Stacey said...

Jeanie, your photos are so pretty! It's really miraculous how resilient plants can be. Isn't it? I think that's part of the reason I love them so much.

Did you link this to the garden party? It's perfect!

Sandra Cox said...
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Sandra Cox said...

Daffodils, spring's harbinger, both strong and fragile. One of the most welcome sights in the world.

Art and Sand said...

I love all your photos and I had no idea there were so many different types of daffodils.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh the cheery daffodil is one of my favorite flowers. Thank you so much for linking up to the Garden Party. Your garden is completely enchanting!

Jann Olson said...

Oh you have some gorgeous ones! Daffodils are very resilient. Mine are on my South side and bloom in March. Almost every year they get snowed on at least once. Those babies pop right back up and continue to smile. Love them! Thanks for sharing your lovelies with the Garden Party!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Thank you for sharing this at the garden party. I pinned a few more photos.
You know several of your photos look like paintings-maybe you should frame them:)
Happy mid-week!

Sarah said...

Beautiful, beautiful daffodils. Love!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I love daffodils so much. They are just so bright and beautiful! I am glad that yours were so incredibly resilient! It would have made me nervous to see them popping up so early!

I've been gone for the last week but it looks like spring has sprung since I left as things are really green now due to the rain we've had lately! I hope I didn't miss the brief period of flowering trees! I did get to see some in New Jersey, though, and they were beautiful!

Molly said...

I love Daffodils, they are my favourite flowers. Our odd Spring weather have confused mine though, some have been and gone and some are only just flowering


Wandering Wren said...

Roll on Daff days for us as we head into our glorious autumn !! Your photos are lovely, they really are the most cheery of flowers, The humble daffodil doesn't get enough attention here in Australia, I think it's because with our mild winters we don't have the same appreciation for the resilience of the daffodil - well done to you and yours on surviving and thriving this winter!
Wren x

Jennifer Richardson said...

Daffodils are joy:)
Oh how I love!
Thanks for sharing yours (ours are brown and crispy now)

shoreacres said...

Oh, my. Like some others, I had no idea there were so many varieties -- and how I wish we had them. They're absolutely delightful. Of course, we do have other spring treats, so it's not as though we're totally without flowers -- but these really are special, and you've captured them beautifully.

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