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The Daffodils of March (and a Few Other Blooms)  

Oh, daffodils, how happy are your faces, and how bravely you endure rainy days and chilly, even freezing nights!

I am so glad to see the the sunny colors of daffodils, blooming by the hundreds in my March garden. Normally, early bloomers push up in January or February, but this year they waited into March; and at same time, the rest of the daffodils felt the warm sunshine and decided to bloom, too. So now we have this mass of daffodils, and I can't help but be pleased:

Little else is blooming, although buds are swelling slowly on the quince bushes:

And I must not forget the hellebores, for they were the first to emerge and bloom, just a couple weeks ago, despite our persistent wintry weather:Edgeworthia's wooly blooms are almost fully open, too:

Spring struggles to take hold. We have a day or two of sunny days with temps into the 70s, and everyone dances out to play in the garden. Then the weather turns cold and nasty again. A local weathermen recently said we may have snow the middle of March. Excuse me, this is the DEEP South, and that should not happen! (It does, once every quarter century or so.) I must remind myself that it is still winter, according to the calendar.

Not at all contented with the cheerful daffodils, winter is throwing buckets of cold rain at us again today. The daffodils may hang their heads to the ground. Some of them may give up and turn to mush, but I expect others will be waiting for the next warm day to lift their faces and declare that we are going to have a spring party, and winter is not invited!

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Reader Comments (26)

Daffodils are my favorite, and I'm so happy to finally see mine blooming! Normally, I leave them standing, but I've been cutting them & bringing them in by the armful this year, so anxious am i for Spring! xo

Those daffodils are stunning! Did you plant them all at once or added to them each year? Or have they naturalized?

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Chapman

So many! So beautiful, wonderful. I just love daffodils especially when they are planted like this. What a wonderful sight to lure out into the garden and there are so many you could pick masses and you wouldn't notice they had gone at all. Thank you for sharing these, they are something I miss from England.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterChristina

what wonderful drifts of narcissus, they are fabulous! Your hellebores are stunning too, spring has certainly arrived with you!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPauline

Thank you all for your comments! Karen, the daffodils were added over several years, but they have also naturalized. i also made a habit of digging up some as they emerged each year and transplanting to new areas.

March 6, 2014 | Registered CommenterDeborah Elliott

I love the first flowers of spring. Great pictures and fantastic images of flowers.
Greetings :)

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterEla

Seeing daffodils n bloom never fails to bring cheer, even when the threat of snow and rains are still there. Perhaps they, and the other flowers you featured signify that spring is definitely on its way and there's no turning back :)

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark and Gaz

Your sea of Daffodils are so beautiful and give hope that spring is actually on the way! The mass planting presents such a statement and is breathtaking. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely photographs!

Oh my goodness! Those Daffodils cheered my heart. They're stunning en masse like that. Thanks for sharing!

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPlantPostings

What a beautiful display! The daffodils are a clear sign that spring is starting to take hold, regardless of the tenaciousness of old man winter.

March 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKris P

A friend just introduced me to your wonderful blog. I officially have spring fever after seeing your glorious field of daffodils!! Love your variety of hellebores as well. Wish my Lenten Rose was as beautiful as yours.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary Lise Parsons

Oh my gosh, and only in my gardening dreams around here....sigh.

But oh so beautiful, you must spend hours gazing on them.


Your Daffodils are glorious. They won't mind some rain and cold -- should make them persist a little longer. They'll stand right back up when the sun comes out. I hope that is soon. Mama used to call this 'Dismal' weather.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJean Campbell

That is a very impressive display of daffodils. Mine is truly pathetic in comparison, but cheery nonetheless. Love your yellow hellebore!

Oh wow, you do daffodils on a rather grand scale! Lovely to see them planted en mass like this. Glad to hear spring is arriving to your part of the world, it has been an unusual winter for most of us this year, here in Britain we are still struggling with flooding and many people can still only access their house by boat. It doesn’t help to have a mild winter when the winter has been like we have had. There are lots of farmers right now that has nothing to plough because their fields are still under water – they would be better off going fishing on their fields!
I hope you get a nice and warm spring soon, so all the rest of the spring flowers can emerge :-)

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHelene

Very cheery to see your daffodils and think that we may not be far behind. Still a frozen wasteland here though. Even so I noticed one tiny clump of snow crocus pushing through the melting snow.

Your daffodils are beautiful en mass through your forested area. My grandfather had that on his property when I was young and it was my favorite place to be on his PA farm. I may see my daffodils sometime in late June that way this winter is going.

March 7, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Oh my goodness in must be so wonderful to have those drifts of daffodils in your woodland garden. It is hard to beat the beauty of a profusion of a single plant. Hope the snow doesn't arrive and make them hang their heads. Have a wonderful weekend Deb!

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer

Deb, you're in daffodil heaven. Nothing says spring better than those cheery-faced flowers, and yours make it clear: The season is here.

March 8, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLee May

How gorgeous are your daffodils! What an inspiration! I planted a few out in the field this year - but I know it will take me years of adding to get to the effect you have in your garden. Fabulous! I resisted daffodils for many years, but now I'm quite taken with them. And i have even more respect for them now that they've bounced back after our cold snap. Everything else was ruined. But the daffodils soldier on!

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHolleyGarden

So many daffodils! So sunny and cheerful. I hope your winter will be over soon Deb.

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDenise

Those masses of gorgeous daffodils are a sight for color-starved eyes :-) . I suppose one benefit of the lingering cold is that they might stay in bloom longer than they usually do. if your daffodils didn't bloom until March, I wonder when mine will bloom?!

March 9, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJean

Hi Deb
Hopefully that's the END of snow for you - sheesh!! Enough already.
Your massed daffodils look amazing and the hellebores are delightful. So nice to see wonderful spring blooms when we are still months away.

March 10, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAstrid

They are beautiful this year. We are getting down in the 20s tomorrow night. I should go out and pick them all.

March 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterPhillip

I just wanted to let you know how much I have enjoyed perusing your blog over the past 24 hours. I stumbled upon it through an image search on Google, and your photos are awe-inspiring! I have just under 5 acres (a portion of which is wooded), and I absolutely love your woodland garden. I am thinking of starting one, but it might be a few years down the road since I have so many other outdoor projects I want to complete. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and stories!

March 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I love my daffs as they are brave through the cold spring and even snow. I imagine my meadow to grow in like soon your shot of the garden filled with daffs. Here's hoping spring keeps coming on for all of us.

March 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDonna@Gardens Eye View
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