Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Daffodils and Spring Flowers

Did you know that daffodils originally came from the countries around the Mediterranean?  These little jewels of spring were first mentioned two or three hundred years before Christ. Even though they were grown by the Greeks and Romans they were basically forgotten until the 1629 when a group of Englishmen took the flower out of the weed category and put them in the garden!  Thanks to them the daffodil is now our hope of Spring.  Do you plant these little jewels in your garden?  I hope you do as they are easy and are not bothered by most garden pests.  Even voles don't like them!  As well as squirrels that seem to love to dig up everything else, leave them alone.  I started growing my daffodils when our children were young in elementary school.  For annual fund raising, they always sold these little bulbs to raise money for their school.  These little bulbs have multiplied and given us much pleasure.  

As I began to garden more, I planted other varieties of daffodils.

No matter the variety of daffodil, they always say Spring to me! 

The garden is waking up now, even with the crazy twists and turns of the fickle Spring.  

Veronica Speedwell is trailing across the garden bed.

Bleeding Heart is beginning to bloom it's tiny hearts.

Grape hyacinths (Muscari) are popping up.

Hosta are growing by the inch on warm days.

The pansies are still happy that we have cooler temperatures.

My Grandmother's lilacs are blooming!  This makes me so happy to see them blooming in my garden.  Do you have any plants that belonged to your family or special friend?  I have many and always remember them when I'm in my garden.

"Just living is not enough... one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower." 
Hans Christian Andersen

Yes, Spring is finally here in Virginia in our little corner that we call home.  I hope she visits you soon, my friends! ♥