Monday, March 1, 2010

Daffodils: March 1, 2010

"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 leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but 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."

-William Wordsworth, Daffodils

I cannot wait until the daffs pop up this year. They've been covered in snow for so long!

When I dug in the garden to try to find them, I couldn't locate a single sprout above ground. I think they are a little late this year!

As long as they come up eventually, that's all I ask.

The 1st of every month marks Garden Blogger Muse Day, held at Carolyn Gail's Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.

To see more Garden Blogger Muse Day posts from around the world, head over to Sweet Home and Garden Chicago.

--Today I am thankful it is the first of March, because it means there are less than three weeks left until spring;-) 
"...And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils"

*NOTE: I took these photos on March 5th, just a couple of days after I published this post.

At last, my daffodils have started to poke their heads out of the ground.

They were much slower this year than I ever remember them being, but at least they're on their way now.

Words and photos by Jan Huston DobleThanks For Today.


  1. Dear Jan, This posting brought back childhood memories of when I was made to learn and recite the whole of Wordsworth's 'Daffodils'.

  2. I just adore that first photo of the daffy peeking out from behind the tree Jan! Beautiful photos of such a cheerful flower!

  3. Edith, I also remember learning the whole poem and have now included it in its entirety;-) Thanks for bringing me to my senses! My favorite line is the very last but the entire piece builds upon itself:-) It all needs to be together;-)

    GG, I am wondering if one will show up in that spot this year. I didn't plant any new ones in the fall and we have a lot of squirrels & 'critters' who may have enjoyed them for a snack this winter.

  4. Jan, thanks for sharing this taste of spring. I too long for my spring bulbs to blossom - my zone 6b beds are also snow covered. BTW, I love the comment about the present at the top of your blog ... very similar to the one at the top of mine.

  5. Jan, I am SO ready to see the yellow in the garden and in the sky~Happy Muse Day. gail

  6. Thanks for showing all those daffs--they are so friendly-looking and make me smile. I almost thought you already had them blooming in your garden, but am glad to see you're not *that* much ahead of us in Michigan! :)

  7. Beautiful poem Jan. Me too on the closer to spring part. I can't wait.~~Dee

  8. I really like this poem. You have so many pretty daffodils! I hope you start seeing sprouts soon.

  9. A beautiful poem, beautiful musings, and beautiful photos. It's hard waiting on spring, isn't it? (I miss my daffodils from the old garden.)

  10. Oh, how pretty Jan. It is so good to see blooms of yellow sunshine. I love your double yellow and white Daffodil. So pretty!
    I had to laugh at the first picture of the daffodil that looks like it is peeking around the tree. LOL!

  11. Beautiful post....bring on the daffs and their cheerful presence!

  12. I love the poem and the beautiful photos. Daffodils just have a special way of brightening up the waning winter landscape.

  13. Pretty post, Jan. I love that first photo. Also, I like the groupings of daffodils with the trees...very pretty. Come on spring!!!!

  14. Very cute how the daffodil in the first photo is playing peek-a-boo. Poems about daffodils certainly say spring to me. I especially like how you naturalized the bulbs when planting.

    Now if the dang snow would melt around here, I might get some daffodil action.


  15. I've always loved this poem--Wordsworth was a true nature lover! Beautiful photos of the daffodils; I love that first one of the daffodil peaking out from the side of the tree. I thought at first they were already blooming for you, but what a show you are going to have when spring finally arrives, Jan.

  16. I am so with you on the thankful it is march thing. Somehow just knowing February is over makes it closer to spring. Your daffodil pictures are so uplifting. I can't wait!

  17. I'm sure they'll come up eventually, Jan. And you know how some years you have to wait what seems like forever after the daffodils bud before they get enough moisture to actually open? I bet you won't have that problem this year! Maybe you'll have a Maine-type spring where all kinds of things that usually bloom sequentially all pop open in glorious profusion at the same time. -Jean

  18. I can't wait for the daffodils either. They are so bright and sunny! I planted white ones with pink centers too, and looking forward to seeing them. Just gotta get that snow melted, and we'll be in business.

  19. Love the photography. Daffodils are my favorite. I too am happy that my daffodils have shown their bright faces. Spring is here!!!!

  20. Lovely Wordsworth poem, as well as beautiful pics to go with it. I especially love the one peaking behind the tree. I have seen Daffs blooming around town, but not in my garden yet.

  21. Always loved the poem, Jan - and hope yours looks as lovely this year as in the photos.
    The squirrels don't seem to eat daffodil bulbs, but they sure do like to dig them up and move them around!

    Annie at the Transplantable Rose

  22. I think about this poem every time I see daffodils.

  23. Jan, those daffy's are there, they are just playing hide and seek with you.


  24. Jan I'm hoping that all my bulbs come up this year too as I planted so many new ones this year. I am afraid to say this but I think its going to be longer than 3 weeks before Spring arrives in my garden - but better late than never! I can't wait to get working the soil again.

  25. It looks as though that daffy in the first pic was growing out of the tree! My daffys are up but not opening their buds just yet. They are way to cold and need to stay warm inside, hee hee. Poor things are probably confused with all this cold stuff...

  26. That poem is one of my favorites! My daffodils are just beginning to bloom, later this year than usual. Yours will be a very welcome sight when they arrive!

  27. Beautiful post and perfect for the month of March. I love the last 2 pictures. Usually I'm not the biggest fan of double daffodils but that one is stellar.

  28. Jan, how beautiful that double daffodil is! We still have snow on the ground, but it is melting.Thank you so much for visiting and commenting on my Making a Garden posts. G

  29. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE daffodils!!! They're my favorite spring flower!!!!! These make my mouth water for them - thanks!

  30. Lovely to read Wordsworth... certainly worthy words and a poem I have loved over the years. Your daffodil photos are so refreshing too! I hope you see them soon Jan!! ;>)

  31. Hi Jan, love that first photo. It looks like a shy daffodil peeking around the tree:)

    The double bloom is just beautiful. I will have to look for that one.

  32. Ah dear Mr Wordsworth. A lovely blogette, daffs are such happy flowers.

  33. Hi Jan~~ Isn't it nice to live in the age of "virtual" especially when reality is not meeting our expectations? Beautiful photos. My favorite is the clump with the tree behind it.

  34. Lovely post. No daffs blooming here, yet.


  35. I too am waiting for the daffodiles! The crocuses have begun to bloom today and I saw a bee! Sping is just around the corner.

  36. jan,
    it does my heart good to see the daffodils and know they are coming.
    i love the first peek~a~boo photo.
    spring can't arrive soon enough for me.
    happy march.

  37. Hi Jan,
    Karla from Gardendaze getting back to you. I've emailed wordpress about fixing my broken links--I can't figure out what I've done wrong--so for now I've unlinked them and put you and Kathy of Gardening for Nature in my sidebar and referenced that in the blog. Those links work--I've checked them. I'll see what they tell me about making the image work--it's not brain surgery, it's typing, so why it works in the sidebar and not the main body of the text is beyond me!

  38. Beautiful post, yellow daffs are so very cheery in the spring. Great pictures. :)

  39. Hi Jan, I have just recognized your photography in a "favorite photo" meme. You can learn more in my blog post: Let me emphasize that you are under absolutely no obligation to participate in this; I just wanted to recognize your wonderful photography. -Jean

  40. Hi Jan, I have just recognized your photography in a "favorite photo" meme. You can learn more in my blog post: Let me emphasize that you are under absolutely no obligation to participate in this; I just wanted to recognize your wonderful photography. -Jean

  41. It's about time I made it over to comment on this lovely post! Happy March, Jan :)

  42. Hi Jan

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I've always loved this poem, since I was a little girl :-) Your daffies are beautiful. How exciting that this year's are finally popping their heads above ground.

  43. I'm sure they're just late, lots of stuff that normally shows up early February here is just making an appearance. This glorious weather is sure to help them along!

  44. Jan, I loved the Wordsworth with photos reminding us what he was getting at! And I'm glad you're finally seeing signs of daffodils. Our bulbs are coming up later this year, too; they're smart enough to hang back when it's too cold for them. But it's great seeing the signs of hope, isn't it, as we lie on our couches in vacant and pensive moods?

  45. Jan, Thanks for the poem and thanks for the great daffodils to sparkle along with it.

    By coincidence, March 1st is St. David's Day, the patron saint of Wales. Traditionally, Welsh people wear a daffodil (or, strangely, a leek!) on St. D's Day...

    Our mum was born in Wales, and my sister and I lived there for a year when we were small, even learning the ridiculously over-consonanted Welsh language in school, so I feel very Welsh every March 1st. For me, a daffodil muse day post on the first of March is extra meaningful.

    Happy spring!


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