The Mystery of Daffodils

It seems we’re going to enjoy spring in February this year thanks to the strangely warm weather we’ve been having all month.

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Last week, I had the pleasure of watching one of the daffodils in my garden open (almost) before my very eyes.

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The daffodils are one of the mysterious plants growing in our backyard currently. It’s not so much that daffodils are an unusual plant…they’re actually quite common in the Carolinas. The reason these plants are so mysterious is because the previous homeowner planted many perennial flowers and other plants around the house and hubby and I are clueless about plants. As we’ve lived in this house for the last year plus, we’re often surprised by what will pop up out of the ground from time to time. The daffodils are one of my favorites because they remind me of home. And when I say “home”, I mean the homes I grew up in. Though we moved around quite a bit, my family often had daffodils in the yard. They are a sentimental flower for me. :)

I think I’ve mentioned before…my dad is quite the gardener. He loves plants, nature, and just being outdoors. He’s subscribed to countless magazines and read (probably) thousands of books on the subjects. He is a wealth of plant knowledge. Ahh…if only I had paid more attention to his talks on plants.

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I went out to the yard last week to observe the daffodils poking out of the ground and found a bud or two that seemed to be on the verge of opening. I figured they’d take a day or two to open up…

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…so imagine my surprise later to go outside and find this.

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A gorgeous, fully opened flower.

I have so much to learn about flowers and plants. As a homeowner, I feel like I should know more. As the daughter of an avid gardener and plant lover (and one who read books and books and was himself quite the encyclopedia of plant knowledge), I really want to.

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Comments

  1. says

    My dad is an avid gardener too! When we moved into our house I planted certain flowers just to remind me of home and my dad. Daffodils are one of my favorites along with crocuses. I adore spring flowers and can’t wait for them to start coming up here!

  2. says

    I feel your gardening pain (and envy.) My mom is an avid gardener, and I’m always trying to get information out of her. I planted so many bulbs last fall, and now I’m having to figure out where and what I planted! The previous homeowners planted some daffodils, but I’ve only seen 3 come up the past two years. Must add that to my list to plant this next year. They’re so pretty!

  3. says

    Ah good to know that what we’ve been taking to be tulip shoots are actually daffodils!! Duh!
    We’re in the same position as you – new to the home and keep counting where all the new shoots keep popping up!

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