A Daffodil Festival!
I stumbled upon a daffodil festival when I was at one of my favorite nurseries a few weeks ago.
I frankly had no idea there were so many types of daffodils. So when I got home I immediately did some studying.
Daffodils have the genus name of Narcissus, which I find fitting for such a pretty flower.
There are 13 different divisions of daffodils.
In this flower show, they were not clearly separated by division. Below is a mix of large cupped, long cupped, small cupped daffodils.
Below, are the miniatures! How cute are they?!
Below is one of the 1st place winners. I have never seen a daffodil that looks like this!
|"Crackington" is the name of this beauty!|
This picture is a little blurry, but it was one of the miniatures. It was just so cute.
|:little diane" is the name of this one|
|more first place winners, I love them both!|
|I also loved this little bunch of white daffodils, called "erlicheer"|
As my pictures aren't the best, I included some professional pics of some of the flowers featured in the show. All of the images below are from Daffseek, run by the Daffodil Society.
|"Replete". These smell lovely. Apparently they bloom for several weeks.|
I'll leave you now with a poem, entitled "Daffodils". My mother's favorite poem!
by William Wordsworth
I wandered 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 stretched 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.
|Fulfilled a dream of running through a field of daffodils when I was in college, just like the one above. It was in Skagit Valley, Washington which is pictured above. Picture source here|
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