March 27th, 2012
The Daffodils are Blooming!
Posted by F&S
As you know, we Frenchies, have been searching for signs of spring in the form of lovely flowers. We’ve had such mild weather lately, that it’s little wonder flowers are blooming away. Even cheerful daffodils are opening up. However, the temperatures today are much colder and there may even be a frost tonight. What will happen to all of those delicate blooms?
1 Francesca, with spring flowers blooming, I think it's safe to say that color is finally coming to the farm!
2 Sharkey, let's explore the long daffodil border.
3 Bingo! The daffodils are beginning to bloom!
4 In New York State, daffodils typically start to bud by March and bloom by April. But this past winter has been so warm that many bulbs have come up early.
5 They're blossoming all over the place! Daffodil is the common name, but did you know they're actually a type of Narcissus? They're related to the Amaryllis.
6 All flowers categorized in the Narcissus family have six petals surrounding a circular petal called the corona.
7 That's right, Franny. Did you also know that the bulb is toxic? It looks very similar to an onion and can often be confused in the wild. But, don't eat it!
8 Oh, I like these daffodils! They're of a slightly smaller variety. There are so many different varieties of daffodils, some small, some large, some yellow, and others white and even orange!
9 The name Narcissus comes from Greek mythology. Narcissus was a young man so obsessed with his own looks that upon catching his reflection in a pool, he couldn't leave.
10 According to the myth, Narcissus died by that pool and this flower bloomed in his place. Daffodils are often considered a symbol for unrequited love, for this same reason.
11 Some varieties are more fragrant than others and the scent is very popular in Chinese culture.
12 Let's see what else is blooming around the farm! Oh, I simply cannot wait until spring is really in full bloom!
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