Is there anything more cheerful in Spring?
Just like a meal when you're hungry, or a warm coat when you're cold, the first yellow flowers of spring bring special comfort to the soul.
And it's the "commoners" like the King Alfred daffodil and the rugged old everyday Forsythia, putting on their bright yellow shows of color, that jostle us out of our winter doldrums. Spring cheer! (Flower bulb photos)
I've come full circle with my list of daffodil favorites. For many years my bulb plantings revolved solely around daffodils with a white perianth (petals) and an orange or yellow corona (cup). Don't get me wrong, the geranium narcissus is still one of my all-time favorites since it produces multiple blooms on each stem and they have an extremely pleasing fragrance when brought indoors.
But it's the old standby, King Alfred, that I planted most recently. It's cheerful presence near our mailbox brings brightness and joy at every viewing. Another attribute is deer leaving them alone. It seems the beautiful plantings of tulips, commonplace 30 years ago, are all but gone.
Another real joy is the Tete a tete daffodil since it's miniature form lends a special cuteness to the yellow daffodil look. They aren't quite small enought to be considered dollhouse size, but very close. I like to pick a tiny bouquet in the morning and bring them in for my sweetie to enjoy.
I also found myself adding a Forsythia bush to the rear of our property several years ago. After all, what says "Spring" like a Forsythia? This is probably the most abused shrub in the American landscape, since it is regularly planted where it has no room to grow.
Say hello to spring!
We've probably spent hundreds of hours over the past 30 years "shaping" Forsythia into something they are not: neat & shapely. Part of its natural beauty is that unbridled wildness that shoots spikes of yellow flowers all over the place. This plant begs to be understood, "Please don't plant me where I have to be trimmed into a ball.... I was born to be wild!"
Part of Forsythia's natural beauty is that untrimmed look