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March 31, 2012

Bereft of Daffs

Filed under: What's Blooming — Karma @ 9:43 am
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The daffodils have been busting out all over due to the crazy warm weather we had for the previous few weeks, except for here in my yard.  My daffodils are planted on the north side of my house, in the shadow of the house for most of the day, therefore they are the last daffodils in all of agricultural zone 5 to bloom I believe!

These are not my  daffodils.  In a “normal” spring, most folks’ daffies in this region begin to bloom in the beginning of April.  Mine are literal “late bloomers” generally popping out mid-to-late April.  I’ve been longing to photograph and share them – although at this point, they will seem  rather boring, I’m sure, since you’ve all been seeing them for a while now.  I couldn’t help myself, however, when I was at the Cape last weekend visiting my mother.

After we had lunch at Captain Parker’s Pub ,(I had some of their famous, award-winning clam chowder -mmmm!) I couldn’t help but take pictures of the flowers surrounding the restaurant.  My mom, daughters and sister waited patiently in the car while I grabbed a few shots.  There was even hyacinth:

Back at home, I’m still waiting for my daffies.  I had hyacinths too, but some underground critter helped itself to a meal of the bulbs a few years ago.

The forsythias in the neighborhood are blooming like crazy and I’ve really been wanting to photograph some, but I don’t have any on my property.  Same goes for dogwood and magnolia trees.  I’ve been trying to decide if there’s a place that I could take pictures of someone else’s and not look too creepy doing it, LOL.

My hybrid rhododendron azaleas have traditionally been early bloomers as far as rhododendrons go, but to have them budding in March I think is a record for them.  The buds on it are in various stages right now.



Some of the buds that were a little further ahead aren’t faring so well in the return to more normal March temps.  We had some nights this past week that went down to the 20’s.  I’m sure that was a bit of a shock to flowers that had experienced 70’s and 80’s just a short time ago.

I looked back in my archives, and found this photo from April 30th last year:

That makes these blooms almost a month ahead this year.

Hubby and I are headed to a wedding later today.  I can’t help but feel a little sorry for the bride.  After almost two weeks of above normal temperatures and sunny skies, today’s forecast is for a high of 48° and on and off drizzling rain and wet snow.  I guess that’s the chance one takes planning a March 31st wedding.

I’m hoping to get April’s photo hunt list posted tomorrow.  I’m still trying to come up with ideas for the list.  If you  have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments.


  1. Daffodils have such sunny, bright faces. I’m loving seeing pictures of them in the blogs, since we’re aways from having any here.

    Comment by Carol — March 31, 2012 @ 10:36 am | Reply

    • Thanks Carol. I’m sure I’ll be taking more pictures when mine actually bloom.

      Comment by Karma — April 1, 2012 @ 9:02 am | Reply

  2. You are welcome to take pictures of my forsythia and dogwood anytime. I promise I won’t think you are creepy. 😉

    Comment by Andrea L — March 31, 2012 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Andrea – wish I could come take pictures of your blooms!

      Comment by Karma — April 1, 2012 @ 9:03 am | Reply

  3. Beautiful blooms! 🙂 I’ve always liked the yellow & white daffodils.
    And yours won’t be boring when they start blooming and you want to share them 🙂

    Comment by TheDailyClick — April 1, 2012 @ 9:44 am | Reply

    • Thanks very much, Michaela. Kind of you to say!

      Comment by Karma — April 1, 2012 @ 2:23 pm | Reply

  4. Beautiful flowers. I swear I could smell them. Poor bride… but then again, I remember sweating way too mightily on September 9th in 80-90 degree weather. (You know I’ve been thinking about your upcoming cruise a lot.)

    Comment by Kathy — April 1, 2012 @ 5:26 pm | Reply

    • Thanks Kathy! My cruise is almost all I’ve been thinking about lately: I went to the travel agent today to pick up our “documentation”! At this time 2 weeks from now, we’ll be saying “Bon Voyage” to Miami!

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2012 @ 4:09 pm | Reply

  5. It’s really worrisome when the plants are budding so soon, and then frost hits them.

    Go ahead and march up to take photos of the forsythias.

    Comment by Sybil — April 1, 2012 @ 10:50 pm | Reply

    • I’ve been seeing forsythias fairly close to the edge of some properties, so maybe I will! 🙂

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2012 @ 4:10 pm | Reply

  6. The daffodils are up in my neighbors garden (I don’t have any in mine. I tried them years and years ago, along with tulips, and found that the critters just saw them all as a huge smorgasbord!) The magnolias around have not fared well (so sad…I always look forward to them) and the early rhodies look a little sad, too. Sigh…looks like Ms. Nature is having an off year!

    Comment by milkayphoto — April 2, 2012 @ 8:40 am | Reply

    • Hopefully we’ll be done with nights in the 20’s soon so that no more blossoms end up with a bum deal.

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2012 @ 4:11 pm | Reply

  7. I never get tired or bored of seeing daffodils. I love their happy faces. And as Michaela pointed out, yours will be all fresh and new and not at all boring by the time they bloom. Ours are just about finished so it will be nice to see another round of them. 🙂

    My neighbors think I’m weird (and probably creepy) because I don’t hesitate to take photos when I see something I want to photograph. I never trespass, though, because people out here own guns and they know how to use them.

    Comment by Robin — April 2, 2012 @ 2:32 pm | Reply

    • I’ll definitely post them when they bloom – unless of course they decide to wait til the week of my cruise to bloom!
      I imagine my neighbors must find me a bit odd too!

      Comment by Karma — April 2, 2012 @ 4:15 pm | Reply

  8. I’m pretty sure that my neighbors think I’m crazy. A week or so ago one drove by while I was half laying in the street getting a photo of a dandelion. Plus, I was wearing a dress. Weirdo. It’s so hard to be patient this time of year. Beautiful shots of the daffs and azalea.

    Comment by Becky Sue — April 2, 2012 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

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