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?

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Francesca, with spring flowers blooming, I think it's safe to say that color is finally coming to the farm!

1 Francesca, with spring flowers blooming, I think it's safe to say that color is finally coming to the farm!

Sharkey, let's explore the long daffodil border.

2 Sharkey, let's explore the long daffodil border.

Bingo!  The daffodils are beginning to bloom!

3 Bingo! The daffodils are beginning to bloom!

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.

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.

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.

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.

All flowers categorized in the Narcissus family have six petals surrounding a circular petal called the corona.

6 All flowers categorized in the Narcissus family have six petals surrounding a circular petal called the corona.

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!

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!

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!

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Some varieties are more fragrant than others and the scent is very popular in Chinese culture.

11 Some varieties are more fragrant than others and the scent is very popular in Chinese culture.

Let's see what else is blooming around the farm!  Oh, I simply cannot wait until spring is really in full bloom!

12 Let's see what else is blooming around the farm! Oh, I simply cannot wait until spring is really in full bloom!

Comments (13)

  • Morning Girls!
    I love the daffodils, too. I saw some bees! Hooray! Mimi says that the bees soooo verrry important & are our friends.
    Have a great day everybody!
    Your Pal,
    Rebel

  • Hi girls,
    I was looking at the flowers on your pictures and I started to think. You know what happens then. My head gets dizzy. Anyway, I was wondering how many different kinds of flowers are growing at the farm. I wonder if Martha has more flowers or birds cause Karen told me that she thinks the Audubon Society said there were 125 differnt types of birds at the farm. That is a lot of birds in one yard. hehehehehe
    Dudley, what the heck happened? A tracheal collapse? That sounds serious. What causes that and what do they do to fix it? I hope it never happens to you again.
    Poor Lucinda, I bet her finger is real sore. Have any of you ever tore a part of your nail off? I bet that hurts big time. Cora-Belle will take good care of her though. That James, Lucinda ansd Cora-Belle care very much about each other and that is a good thing.
    Missy Chow, how did you make out at the vet? Hope all went well. No, Nadia, you are bot Cora-Belle. She is a very unique cattle dog and we love her to pieces. Nadia, I bet you had a real fun time at the park. You should have let that kid come up to you. Maybe there was a treat in it's hand. You never know.
    OK, Glue Squad, another nice cool morning. Get up Kirby, enjoy it while it lasts. And by the way, you never did say if you can post while you are on your trip. I realy hope you can but if not, we will all miss you like the dickens and we will hold the fort down till you get back.
    Love to all,
    Maddox

  • Another round of flower searching by the doggie detectives F&S, and to find beautiful Daffodils :-)

    Hope everyone here is doing OK, seems like a mixed bag of happenings... :-(

    I have to run to a Dr. appointment...stay well ya all!

    delia & Kitty =^. .^=

  • Good Morning F & S

    Did you say there there is a corona in those daffodils? I'll need to go grab a few slices of lime before I head out to inspect ours. You know I LOVE my Pino Grigio but never pass up a nice cold corona ;) Mom thinks I need to visit the Betty Ford Clinic because I just love to try and steal sips out of her wine glass. I especially love the summer when they float in the pool and leave the glass unattended - look out here I come. They wised up and now have a floating table. I need a little boat so I can row over and help myself ;)

    Today I'll need a cold brew after all the work I have Dad needs me to help with the pool again. We are replacing the entire filter system there will be all kinds of people at the house.

    Well let me go eat before my day begins - my work is never done...........

    Zoe

  • Hello Ladies,
    The daffodils are beautiful. The orchids and amaryllis are blooming in our little greenhouse. Nothing outside except blooming racoons. Now, Mom is going to make Dad go out first and shine the lights on and his flashlight, and then when the coast is clear, I can come out. She is driving us all nuts over these racoons. I hope everyone is enjoying the nice weather. What is this about Dudley and a traceal collapse? I am very worried. Jan please update. I wonder how Chloe is doing at Boot Camp. Maybe Zoe could help her escape. Well, I guess that wouldn't really help her, huh? Kirby, you must be getting your bags packing soon for your trip???
    Have a great day all.
    Love & licks,
    Basil

  • Hello ladies, Kirby here.
    Well the daffodils in my front yard are almost gone now. The flowers started blooming and now only the green remains. It has been such a warm winter that things aren’t the same as last year. Take peaches as an example. If it isn’t below 45 degrees for a certain number of days in a row, I forgot how many, the peaches won’t be any good and not as many. That will drive the price of peaches up until I won’t be able to buy any. What am I thinking, I don’t eat peaches! Must have had a senior moment there. I need to get away for a while.
    Catch you later, Kirby.

  • Hi Girl Friends &G.K.+Glue Squaders, Hi girls, sure love seeing those beautiful daffodils there at the Bedford farm! You sure do have fun traveling all over the farm and I sure would love to be there, too! Once again, you taught us something great about things there at the farm! Cora-Belle, sure hope Lucinda is OK after loosing that finger nail. You sure are doing great walking around the yard! Zoe, you sure do have fun, but please don't drink any wine-it's not good for you! Maddox and Basil, thanks for being Glue Squaders who are concerned about my tracheal collapsing. Since I am part Pomeranian, I get it occasionally because it's very common in them and my great vet said there is nothing they can do to prevent it. It used to happen more often, but now it only happens occasionally and Mom knows how to get me to breathe properly again by picking me up, covering my nose and my trachea opens up again! Thank God Mom understands! I think it happened this time because I had been playing with my sweet little friend, Lady and after she left, I missed her and was overly excited. It's hard to tell, but I'm OK! Sure hope everyone has a great day today! Love, Dudley Do Right XOXOXO+

  • Hi Francesca,and Sharkey the explorers and all my glue squad friends! What nice flowers. I inspected the daffodils this morning by the edge of the lawn and some are withering after temps in the high 20's last night here.Back to 40's today. Saw a huge ground hog and lots of robins outside. It must be scary to see raccoons at night. We work the late shift and get home at 12 so maybe they left already. Thanks Rebel and Maddox for the birthday wishes too. DUDLEY are you ok?? I hope you are on medication to feel better and wearing a harness. Mom said improper restraint can aggravate that condition. Missy Chow good job on your training. Kirby are you able to eat your favorite food? Have a good day everyone, I am going to look for Zoe's coronas for Mom. We are off today so R and R! Love you Basil, Nicky, Kris- Abby the pug frenchie

  • ..first off, glad to hear you are okay my little buddy Dudley..and Abby I have never seen a ground hog. bet they are fun to chase..do they run fast?..Basil, good idea your dad goes out first ..sounds like you have some agressive hungry coons on your hands..since we live next to a river ours are fat and sassy and and nervous of me( even if i can't see i can smell them and bark like crazy)...Zoe, I like a sip of diet coke or a raspberry mocha every now and then to wash down my maple bar ...but a cocktail after a day of patroling the property does sound good..hmmm!..KIrby hope you keep us posted on your vacation..can hardly wait to hear your adventures...Delia, a dr. appointment...hope all goes well..Rebel, I like honey bees..I even tried to eat one when I was young and had to go to the vet...Missy how are you..Nadia ..I would never eat a second hand hot-dog at the park..yuk!..thank you Maddox for the kind words..you are very special, too.. hi to Chole..Lucindas finger looks really painfully..she has it bandaged and says no dr. for her..it will grow back..you frenchies have inspired me..I must go smell the flowers..over and out..Cora-belle..p.s..I think I hear the mini tractor firing up..goodie..hope the trailer is hooked up and we are riding around the property...Lucinda puts lots of blankets down and I sit on them and act regal will fire off barks for all of you and tell my coons to get word out again about not harrassing Basil!

  • Afternoon F&S and Glue Squad, It's always so refreshing to see the bright colored daffodils, pastel hyacinths and realize we may have turned the corner from cold winter weather; although today has been a tad bit chilly & windy. You'd never know it was spring. I almost didn't get computer time today; I wasn't very good last night and Mom was a little upset with me. Zoe, I found a paper towel in the bathroom trash and torn it to pieces in the hall;not good. I can find shoes and always relocate one; now, we have to find the mate. Maddox, my vet appt was a follow up for my shots & boosters, I'm good till my next reminder in 6 mos :( . Thanks for asking. Cora-Bell, you take care of Lucinda, did you get your tractor ride? Dudley, you take it easy, excitement is good but don't over do it. My trainer called this afternoon to see how things were going; and was looking forward to seeing us again at the next session. I guess that's a good sign so far.:) Any word on Chloe's progress at doggie boot camp?

    Till next time,

    Missy Chow
    xoxo

  • Hi Girls,

    I love your pics today.Just so happened I ate a few of those flowers today in moms garden. Very colorful but didn't taste too good. Basil, I don't go to boot camp till April 10th. I'm trying to learn not to jump on people so I don't have to go, but Im not doing too good :( I did bump into Colt today, the boarder collie who lives up the street. Me and mom were taking our walk and he was outside. AND he had no leash on. Mom had a panic attack and I starting jumping up and down. But all was good. Just a lot of sniffing going on, then mom pulled me away to continue our walk. Colt had a funny collar on. Mom said it was a shock collar but he didn't seem to mind it. He is going to school too for training.:)
    Well, off to bed, blogging late tonight. Good night everyone and I hope you all a a nice night :)

    Chloe xx

  • Hi, Franny, Sharkey, G.K. And glue Squad!
    You girls know so much about flowers! Maybe once our new yard gets cleared out, Mom will plant some. We'll have to check back and see if you girls might know some good flowers for us here in Florida. We've been double time busy, helping Uncle Bradley find trees in the brush he's clearing(Mom wants to keep the pretty trees, she says), getting ready for dog shows...and, big news! Mom and Uncle Bradley moved the cats to a giant pen in the back yard, our yard! They have all kinds of stuff to climb on, hide in, and even have their stinky old litter box out there! They're sitting right under the oak tree that has three squirrels in it every morning. Bet they don't help much with squirrel patrol!

    Hope everybody has a great night, and a wonderful day tomorrow, stay healthy, and do well at boot camp and training class. Oh, no, Mom says it's bath time,again, then we've got to go to bed!

    Your pals,
    Lily, Fergie, and Zora

  • Such pretty flowers! Now here is what I am wondering. Mom is happy to see the yellow tulip that came up in the middle of her rose bushes, and the daffodils down behind the tree near the street. So if she likes yellow flowers so much, why is she so cranky around the little yellow ones in the yard? The ones that look like little mums? She keeps pulling them up and using those words she says we are not supposed to use. People.

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