Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Dancing with Daffodils

Aka Sunshine on Stalks.

Lots of our garden is still thinking about waking up - but the daffodils are definitely blooming.  By the hundred.  With more coming out each and every day.

My blood, sweat and tears have been more than adequately rewarded.




























Some of them have overbalanced, so I have happily picked them and brought them inside.  Leaving no obvious gaps - which is bliss.



144 comments:

  1. That's a lot!
    Some of those single shots are excellent. Amazing variety of colors.

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: And there are a lot more to come yet. I am a greedy gardener as well as a greedy reader.

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  2. Ooh that peachy coloured one us really unusual. So glad that all your bulbs are starting to come out EC.

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    1. Carol in Cairns: The peachy coloured one is a gem isn't it? And there are quite a few of them.

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  3. Very pretty! We will have to wait until March to see any here. I love the variety you have.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: We have more to come out yet. I do love the variety. So much.

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  4. Dear EC
    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!
    Have a good rest of the week.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: They make me smile every time I look out the window - or at the vases. And the hyacinths in the vase are perfuming the house.

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  5. G'day Sue,

    Hope you're sitting comfortably! Yes, finally, I'm actually commenting. Cannot stay long, however, one "daffodilly" of a posting. Blooming marvellous, dear friend.

    Gary :)

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    1. klahanie: Dear Gary - welcome back. I hope the madness in your world is subsiding.

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  6. Your daffodils are gorgeous; profligate in rewarding your gardening efforts even! My Dad always called them 'daffylions', I'm not quite sure why...

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    1. Jacquelineand...: My mother sometimes called them daffydillies. Whatever the name they are cheery.

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    2. Years ago, I had a friend who called her hubby King Alfred, the biggest "dil" of them all.

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    3. River: King Alfreds are the skinny one's favourite daffodil.

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  7. I think daffodils are my very favorite flower and yours are gorgeous! So interesting to think of our seasons being flipped. We see them in March or so.

    Flannery O'Connor's Prayer Journal - I had an introspective time at the mountain house this past weekend. Only myself for company, so this was a short read and fit in with my mood. Definitely recommended - especially if you have ever read any of her work. The journal was written in the 1940s - before she was really published. (Her stories often had religious overtones, but at the same time - they were not religious in nature.) Here's a link to a review:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/17/books/review/flannery-oconnors-prayer-journal.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

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    1. Lynn: I really like the flipping of our seasons. When I am in melt-down mode at the end of the year I will find cooling relief in blogs from the other side of the world.
      Thank you for the information about the Prayer Journal. I will almost certainly investigate further. Did you get to Cop Town?

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  8. Look what you have! Spring is good to think about.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: Spring is really starting to get a move on over here. Bliss.

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  9. it is so strange you have spring and we will soon enter fall, what an abundance of daffodils you have, no wonder you are dancing

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    1. Linda Starr: There are more daffodils and rather a lot of other things yet to come out/up as well. There will be much dancing. Wobbly, but dancing just the same.

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  10. Aren't they beautiful, to look at and in the air.

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    1. Bob Bushell: They are beautiful. And the air is perfumed as well.

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  11. I love daffodils. Such happy little flowers :)

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    1. Wendy: They are among the cheeriest of flowers...

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  12. Such beautiful photos!!! You have spring approaching while we have autumn on the horizon :)

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    1. Optimistic Existentialist: Two of the very best seasons of the year. I am really looking forward to seeing the autumn glory on your side of the world.

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  13. WOW! These are so wonderful to look at, in pictures and, I'm sure, in person. Thanks for sharing them and making my day, EC. Happy spring! :-)

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    1. DJan: I am more than happy to share the colour - have a wonderful day.

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    1. Strayer: Aren't they? And with luck there will be even more next year. And the year after.

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  15. Thank you. There is a very special place in my memory where daffodils dance in their hundreds...

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    1. dinahmow: The daffodil dance is special isn't it? More to come too.

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  16. What a happy riot of daffodils! But keep an eye out for small dinosaurs. I do.

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    1. Geo.: Dinosaurs are welcome - so long as they don't trample (or munch) the blooms.

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  17. It appears you have planted them in drifts, which I guess is the way they naturally grow

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  18. It never ceases to surprise me that you show me flowers which I have long forgotten. Weird.

    Enjoy the bounty.

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    1. Friko: I am revelling in the bounty. There is a chilly wind today, and the temperatures are low. The daffodils are dancing - and my spirits are high.

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  19. Methinks it is SPRING where you live. How lovely.

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    1. ditchingthedog: Spring is very almost here. And as generous with her colour as ever.

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  20. Beautiful flowers and photos. Thanks for the smiles! :)

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    1. Julie Flanders: I am more than happy to share my obsessions - and grateful when it makes people smile rather than groan.

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  21. Beautiful. Just, beautiful.
    I can't think of a better person to have been rewarded with such a magnificent spring bounty.

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    1. Vicki: Isn't it a joy? The hard work is mostly only a memory, but the benefits make my heart sing. And I am amazed that I planted almost all of that colour. One bulb at a time...

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  22. Your cup runneth over.....beautiful!

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    1. Molly: Thank you. My cup is indeed overflowing.

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  23. Now more than likely two comments will appear as the one I just left seems to have vanished. I think I said ...

    Stunning, just stunning. I am so happy to see the joy that these bring into your life and the reward for all the time and effort you put into the garden. Just gorgeous.

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    1. Kakka: Blogger is being a bit of a grump where comments are concerned at the moment. Only one comment landed - but is more than welcome. Thank you.

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  24. ..........a crowd, a host of golden daffodils. Absolutely gorgeous.

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    1. Delores: And all the other colours too...

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  25. The daffodil, the promise of spring, good days ahead. Enjoy the beauty of the day.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: Daffodils symbolise spring to me - and I love them.

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  26. I never knew that daffodils came in such a variety of colors--they are ALL beautiful!!

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    1. fishducky: And there are more colours and variations to come.

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  27. I remember the times you have rec'd your garden catalog, and reprimand yourself for all the hundreds of items ordered. All I can say is that they were worth every penny/pence.

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    1. Susan Kane: Displays like this are the reason I will succumb to the garden pornography when it lands in my letter box and in-box next year. Just as I did this year. And last.

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  28. This spring flowers are gorgeous! But it feels funny to look at them now when here it is mums and pumpkins...burgandy, orange, and purple for fall.

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    1. Bookie: I have a huge weakness for autumnal plants and colours too. And will rejoice in the beauty on your side of the world just as I am here.

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  29. Awesome job!!! I will miss that as we head into winter.

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    1. Stephanie Faris: When we are heading into summer's furnace I will drool over photos of snow and ice. Take photos for me. Please.

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  30. Your work has been so well rewarded, they are fantastically beautiful, almost phantasmagorical but they ARE real. So many of them and so many different varieties.
    I took a deep breath while looking at them and, do you know, I am sure I could smell them. I'm almost lost for words when I look at them and realise they are all in one garden.

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    1. Mimsie: At the moment when you drive into the street our garden is blazing. I love it - and hope that other people do as well.

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  31. That is the most wonderful display of daffs I've seen for a few years - obviously you are reaping the reward of the hard work and effort you have both put into the land. Thanks for sharing, they are lovely to look at - even if I am sitting here green with envy and sure you somehow pinched the crop that should have bloomed in my back garden
    Cathy

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    1. Cathy: There has indeed been hard work. Lots of work. And I don't regret any of it. I don't think I pinched your daffodils - but won't swear to it.

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  32. Wonderful flowers so different to other flowers in form and the colours are always lovely to look at.
    Merle...............

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    1. Merlesworld: You can grow things I only dream of (and drool over) too. I do have a huge weakness for the flowering bulbs though. Starting with, but not limited to the daffodils and jonquils.

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  33. I think it would do me a lot of good today to be able to sit in the middle of a field filled with daffodils.

    I need something to wipe away this blue mood...and yellow daffodils could just be the cure. :)

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    1. Lee: I don't like the sound of your blue mood. Are you ok? And if dancing daffodils will help - feel free to roll in them.

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    2. Yes, I'm okay, thanks, EC. The news today of the slaughter of another US journalist at the hands of those Islamic monsters has just knocked the wind out of my sails...again. I'll be fine. Thanks for caring. :)

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    3. Lee: I have banned the news for a while now. It just makes me sad. Or angry. Or both.
      Now look after yourself. I recommend fur and purr therapy.

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  34. Gorgeous! So bright and cheerful. If it was my yard, there would be a bunch of dead brown things. I commend you.

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    1. Riot Kitty: Believe me I have my share of failures and deaths in the garden. Bulbs are hardy beasts - and reward me with colour and scent. And come back.

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  35. Wonderful - you have done brilliantly. They must make your heart sing!

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    1. Alexia: They do. Loudly. And there is so much more to come. My heart will be singing for weeks.

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    1. Teresa: I had no idea that daffodils came in so many varieties - and can't resist any of them.

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  37. They're gorgeous!
    Mine have started blooming, but I only planted one pack of 14 assorted varieties and they're blooming sporadically and someone or something is nipping off the heads a day later. I'm going to leave the bulbs in the ground to multiply so next year I should get a better display.

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    1. River: We have had some problems with birds decapitating flowers. And dropping the shredded heads in the garden. I hope your vandals are birds and not people.

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  38. All the photos are so gorgeous. Enthralling really. I could keep looking at them over and over. You must be so happy when you go out and look at them!

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    1. Romance Book Haven: Thank you. I do smile (rather a lot) when I look at the display.

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  39. I've managed to grab a little internet time and so glad I did so I can oggle your exquisite daffodil spread! Beautiful EC, but reminds me sharply how much I miss them and their lovely perfume when brought indoors. The display is stunning. Happy spring!

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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: I am glad to brighten your day. I would find it difficult I think to live somewhere which didn't have all four seasons. And would definitely miss spring flowering bulbs.

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  40. A gorgeous display and how lovely to be able to bring some inside. I am always happy to see the daffodils bloom again.

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    1. DeniseinVA: I try and have flowers inside all year round. And, at the moment, will run out of vases long before I run out of blooms.

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  41. Beautiful! Don't Jazz n Jewel pluck them out of their vases? I've never been able to have flowers in the house. They become cat toys...

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    1. River Fairchild: These cats leave cut flowers (pretty much) alone. They are very skilled at pot-plant destruction though. And not averse to pushing vases over. Often causing the demise of the vase.

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  42. I love your title "Dancing with Daffodils" because that is just what I did in spring here when they finally began to show their faces after our horrible winter. Now we approach fall and winter again and our daffodils are gone. I pray our winter will be a easier one.

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    1. Grannie Annie: They are such a cheerful harbinger of spring aren't they? And dance in the breezes themselves. I do hope that your winter (and our summer) are gentler this time round.

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  43. Just gorgeous. Daffodils have long been my favorite flower. They don't fit in with the environment in the desert where I live, so I don't grow them any longer. Thank you for allowing me to enjoy them vicariously. The results of all your hard work stretch much further than your personal enjoyment of them.

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    1. Jesusan: Welcome and thank you. I do love following gardens around the world and rejoicing in the displays. Do you have a blog, so I can return the favour and visit your world?

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  44. Beautiful! I love the daffs, which are very popular around here and grow in profusion throughout town in the spring. Your place would fit right in! They're so bright and cheerful - and tougher than they look, since they inevitably get buried by a late spring snowstorm but are still smiling (or at least eventually recover their smiles) when it melts. Glad your friends won't have their spring dance recital interrupted so rudely! :-)

    I love the variety of colors you've chosen, and your vase arrangement is delightful!

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    1. Laloofah: I think that daffodils are welcomed the world over. Mind you, one of my friends tells me that only the yellow ones are 'real' daffodils and dislikes all the others. Her loss.
      No snow here. Winds from the snow, but none of the white stuff itself.

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  45. I love yellow daffodils. Your daffodils appear to have more ruffles than the ones we have out here and I like yours better? They've more personality!!! Anyhow, I am just sending you tender loving thoughts. I hope your day is going well!

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    1. Furry Bottoms: I have planted dozens of different types of daffodils, and have a weakness for the ruffles. And the multi-coloured ones too. And the scented ones.
      Thank you for your thoughts, they are a help. And I do hope your world is treating you kindly as well.

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  46. I Love Love daffodils!!! I cannot live in Spring time all the time though....hope you enjoy it. I like seeing your flowers, so pretty

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    1. Kim @ Stuff could...: I wouldn't want to get stuck in spring either. I like, and welcome all of the seasons. Except summer.

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  47. What brilliant yellows! You have a lovely garden there.

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    1. John Wiswell: Welcome back. You have been a bit quiet in the blogosphere recently and I have missed you. I hope it was work rather than health issues which has been keeping you busy.

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  48. So glad you follow your bliss and share it with us. Your garden is heavenly.

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    1. Myrna R.: The garden/jungle is a work in progress - but you are right. It does bring me bliss.

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  49. Yellow blossoming flowers are so cheerful. Aren't they? Thanks for the splash of cheer today, EC.

    Be well, my friend.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Is there anything cheerier than a splash of yellow in the garden? So bright, so vibrant, so happy. A colour I adore in the garden - and yet I am not a fan anywhere else. Weird.

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  50. Heavenly!
    Resurrection!
    so much to look forward to, Susan. xxxxxxxxxx KISS from MN.

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    1. My Inner Chick: Lots and lots and lots to look forward to. But no Susan in the house.
      Hugs.

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  51. Hurrah, I'm glad your hard work paid off. They are looking gorgeous!

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    1. mail4rosey: It is paying off, isn't it? Thank you.

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  52. Just glorious! After complaining to you recently that I have very few daffodils appearing in my bulb filled garden I've just read that daffodils don't really do well on the NSW Central Coast! Darn! However, I will persevere. Your garden is brilliant, EC. Thank you for such a treat!

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    1. Carol: There are things which have disappeared without a trace, and others which are slow and weedy but the daffodils at least seem very happy. Which makes me happy.
      Too warm your way?

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  53. Wow- beautiful (and cheerful) flowers. Enjoy them!

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    1. Terri: I am enjoying them. To the max. And they have even crowded out some of the weeds.

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  54. Wow! I am happy when two or three pop up in my garden. These are glorious!

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    1. Karen: I did go a bit (a lot) overboard in buying and planting bulbs this year (every year). But can't resist.

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  55. Our garden will never compete with the beauty of your garden.
    My PC has been rejuvenated by senior son,
    The past fortnight was spent on other matters needing attention.
    Our first day of spring was gorgeous, we are now back to winter..
    GT goes AWAL two days at a time recently ; mating time. Always hungry on his return.
    Have just bought the last edition of 4.0 litre Ford Falcon., my last Hurrah.
    Your posts are always lovely.

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    1. Vest: I hope the other matters needing your attention have been settled. And that GT has that final cut. I envy you the know-how of senior son.
      Thank you.

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  57. Dear Sue, one word: lovely. Peace.

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  58. They are beautiful! I never knew there were so many different kinds of daffodils. And I smiled over your label - perfectly said :)

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    1. jenny_o: Daffodils ain't daffodils. And there are more sorts yet to come out - and more that I don't have.

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  59. so beautiful! you make me want to plant my own now that I have a yard ... and gardens!

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    1. Cindi: The garden is my solace, and my healing despite the work involved. I hope you can plant a patch of paradise too.

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  60. Love all the photos! Thanks for sharing the happiness, great photography!

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  61. Wow - so many beautiful daffodils! Your garden must be daffodil heaven.

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    1. ladyfi: It is daffodil heaven here at the moment, but I hope that the daffodils are replaced by other blooms as the season moves on, and changes.

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  62. It looks like you had a blast last year when you planted them! Gorgeous garden Soosie. :-)

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    1. farawayinthesunshine: I only finished planting them a couple of months ago. There was blood, there was sweat, there were tears. And now there is joy.

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  63. Very beautiful, a real treasure trove. You should be very proud of them!

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    1. lynners: I am revelling in them. I go out each day (sometimes several times) and gloat.

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  64. Your daffodils are gorgeous! As our days here grow shorter, and we're looking forward to cooler weather ahead, it's nice to think of you on the other side of the word, surrounded by the beautiful fruits of your labor. I don't think anything looks more cheerful than a spring garden.

    Happy weekend!

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    1. Susan: Thank you. Our garden probably looks its best in Spring. Not too hot, not too cold, and usually enough (just) water.

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  65. Oh joyous joy! I know that feeling when, after you've planted for days and days, suddenly, one morning...bunches of flowers!

    What a treat. How I wish more people would plant like this. Gardening is wonderfully therapeutic, and the rewards, look at the rewards.

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    1. Guyana-Gyal: As a young thing I couldn't understand how my mother could spend so much time puttering round in the garden. Now? The addiction has me firmly in its grasp. And yes, the garden is healing.

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  66. EC, am a cynical old curmudgeon. "Spring" is a capricious young lady. While yes, the daffodils have begun to bloom in my part of Australia - remain cautious. Was born and raised in South Australia so, when first arrived here, planted tomatoes in August. It snowed in October.

    However, please do not let my words deter your joy.

    Floral blooms are perennial.

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    1. Davoh: In one of our homes we lost tomatoes to snow - in December. This year Spring is not being as flirtaceous/capricious as she often is. A few warm days, a few chilly days, but the signs are good that she is settling in. And, having said that, we will probably get a vicious cold snap.

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  67. The beauty of having a gardening friend in the Southern Hemisphere? You have reminded me - as i feel the brush of autumn - that i need to plant a zillion daffodil bulbs soon! They never let me down, and always bring me joy!

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    1. daisyfae: Lots of work, and well worth it. They make my heart sing. Loudly. Tulips and freesias are coming out now...

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    1. librarygirl: They are a joy. And more things are coming out each day.

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  69. These blooms make my heart sing seeing them again as our gardens are fading

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    1. Donna@Gardens Eye View: They make my heart sing too.

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