Daffodil, Jonquil, Narcissus

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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The Daffodils and Their Shining Faces

My daffodils make me smile everytime I look outside my kitchen windows. Spring is coming!

Daffodil Buds

Daffodil Two

Daffodil Three

Daffodil Four

Daffodils With Raindrops

Daffodils With Raindrops

Daffodil Five

“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.

Fall’s Last Hurrah and My Birthday

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!

Cottonwood Creek on a beautiful Novermber Day - my birthday!

Cottonwood Creek on a beautiful November Day – my birthday!

Copper Canyon Daisies

Copper Canyon Daisies blooming in November. They don’t put on flowers until the weather cools down to the 70s.

Copper Canyon Daisies Up Close

Copper Canyon Daisies Up Close

 

Red Sage Fall 2014

Red Sage Fall 2014

Fall Purple Pentas

Fall Purple Pentas

Magnificient Monarchs

     My family and I were treated to the amazing view of Monarchs migrating through the Dallas/Ft. Worth area today in Plano, TX. We saw them nectaring on these white flowering bushes along a creek near our church which is about 15 minutes from my home. We watched them and took pictures with my iPhone for at least 10 minutes. About an hour and a half later, we returned to take some photos with my Sony camera. It was amazing! There were even more now on several white flowering bushes(might be False Willow) and a few on the Goldenrod that were blooming.  Hopefully there will be another North wind to push them on to Mexico and their wintering grounds!

Monarchs migrating thru Plano. Oct. 2014

Monarchs migrating thru Plano. Oct. 2014

Monarchs Nectaring in the middle of migrating to Mexico.

Monarchs nectaring in Plano,TX..

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Laura and Monarchs

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Monarchs on Ragweed

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Me and the Monarchs

Success – A Monarch on my Frostweed!

My Frostweed is in full bloom! So I was thinking just yesterday, why am I keeping this 8 foot flower(weed) growing in my yard? The flowers opened a couple of days ago and nothing was on it. I had just about decided even though I had been told that this flower is a butterfly(in particular Monarchs) magnet that it just wasn’t meant to be for me! Today I casually took a look and it was covered with all kinds of bees, flies, tiny flying bugs and a few small butterflies. So I started taking pictures and all of a sudden a Monarch appeared! I was so happy and got lots of pictures while it fed on the flowers. Hopefully this beautiful Monarch will be winging its way to Mexico tomorrow! Scroll to the bottom of this post to see the Monarch pics.

Here is some more info about Frostweed.

http://npsot.org/wp/story/2011/1806/

Frostweed - 8 ft tall

Frostweed and Friends

Frostweed, butterfly, bee

Frostweed&Butterflies

Monarch - closed wing

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Frostweed and Monarch and other butterflies

Monarch 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014

Monarch with Frostweed 2014