Originally posted on The Redneck Rosarian:
Well, the most wonderful time of the year has arrived for the floral trade: Valentine’s Day. Roses dominate the United States as the #1 flower to give on this occasion and folks are always…
Originally posted on DALLAS GARDEN BUZZ:
What’s in a name? That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.
–Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Picture the flower: daffodil, jonquil, narcissus. If you are like most people, probably a particular flower comes to mind. However depending in which part of the country you grew up or lived, or even your age, the specific flowers associated with each of these terms may be different. This confusion, when using common names for plants, is why botanists classify plants using their Latin or scientific names.
So what exactly is the difference between a daffodil, a narcissus, and a jonquil? The simple answer, according to University of Illinois Extension specialist Jennifer Schultz Nelson, “is nothing, or “it depends.” All three terms are used as common names in many cases and used incorrectly. Narcissus is technically the only correct scientific name identifying the genus…
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My daffodils make me smile everytime I look outside my kitchen windows. Spring is coming!
“Daffodils” (1804) By William Wordsworth (1770-1850).
I wander’d lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretch’d in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.
The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed — and gazed — but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:
For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.
Please take a look at this amazing photo. You won’t be disappointed.
I do so love fall and my November birthday! Here are several glimpses at my fall flowers before the first freeze makes its way to North Texas. I also made my way to the bridge overlooking a creek about 12 minutes from my house, just to take a deep breath in of nature’s beauty on my birthday. I do love the outdoors when the temperature is moderate!