Monday, 28 March 2011

Slow, sometimes surprising

It's Jane's Flower Monday again - how the month flies by! 

From about the 15th until today, this has been happening to the clivia, slowly, slowly, as it does every year. 














Meanwhile, a succession of cheap supermarket daffodils come and go. What I love about them is that you never know what is going to turn up; the label simply reads 'British daffodils" and it isn't until they start to open their tight buds that you see what they look like.



These were last week's, but still going strong:




These are the current favourites:






Flowers. Good for the heart.

16 comments:

Dartford Warbler said...

I love the clivia sequence.

Bought daffodils are a surprise here as well. From big, blousy King Alfred`s to sweetly scented narcissi. For a few precious weeks I am cutting daffodils from the garden. Just one or two from each clump so that their absence is not missed. We try to plant another clump or two each autumn. Lots of variety, although I can never remember their names.

The double blooms are pretty, although the ones we have grown have such big, heavy heads that the flowers easily snap the stems.

HAZEL said...

What a wonderful set of pictures. Watching the Clivea open was quite suspenseful...I wasn't sure if it would open fully! Daffodils always spell S.P.R.I.N.G.!

flwrjane said...

Oh Rachel, I'm loving those clivia pictures. Well done. Both GG and I sat here coffees in hand, slack jawed watching the clivia open.

We salute you.

And the daffs are a dream come true.
I'm finally up with Mr. Linky so rush over and leave a comment so others may enjoy,

xo Jane

Deleilan said...

Such gogeous flowers! That clivia is absolutely glorious!

Sherri B. said...

I love how you shared the progression of the clvia opening..I went back and made it go fast, how fun!

The ruffles daffs, very pretty.

Have a happy Monday.

abby jenkins said...

WOW~ gorgeous images, all of them.

I buy daffs at our local Trader Joes, so inexpensive I don't have to pick any out of my garden!

frayedattheedge said...

The clivia is worth the wait! The daffodils are lovely. I agree - flowers are good for you - I always have flowers in the house.

anastasia said...

what fun, to see the progression of your clivia blooming! i am jealous of your supermarket daffodils. the ones in my checkout yesterday were fully open, boring plain yellow, and already papery.

judy in ky said...

Beautiful photos! I love having flowers in the house too, but can't keep the cats from trying to chew on them. How do you do it?

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Your local supermarket stocks a very superior range of cheap daffs ! And your Clivia is gorgeous . Thankyou for letting us see it unfold .
Just what I needed after a very long day .

Urbanstems said...

Wow super photos. Your daffs are fab. THe white ones are rocking my flower world. Nice! Sinead

Anne said...

Daffodils always make me think that we've finally turned the corner into Spring!

the veg artist said...

Hope they smell as good as they look. Our daffs (on a north facing slope) have finally started to come out. I don't pick them unless they've been blown over by wind and rain - and for the last week we haven't had any! In Wales!! We have loads of different types, which will flower over the next few weeks, but whether or not any will last until Easter is anybody's guess.

webb said...

Love the clivia - such a lovely flower. Thanks for sharing!

mountainear said...

I have waved this post in front of my adopted Clivia - it does not look as substantial as yours (its parent?). I think I will put it somewhere else that might suit it better.

Your final daffodils I think are Thalia - particular favourite. All are a very welcome splash of colour.

Gwen Buchanan said...

oh, lovely, lovelier, and loveliest...

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