Every day is daffodil day

daff cam 4-5-10The daffodils are a little early for their own party. It’s kind of like planning a surprise for someone who decides out of the blue to drop by early just as you’re putting up the streamers. No matter. They’re here (I might even call it peak this week) so you should be here too. Although the days and nights are forecast to be on the warm side, ice follies 4-5-10I’m sure the show will still be stupendous this coming weekend when the house opens for the season – and remember the grounds are already open (year-round). We’ll celebrate the daffodils from April 10 through May 2. And if the dear daffs begin to go by during their official “days” we’ll put the party hat on everything else. (We’ll have Epimedium days! Trillium days! Crabapple days! Tulip days!…)

For what it’s worth, I don’t mind when the daffs begin to go by because the focus can shift to other beautiful things that might otherwise be overlooked. –Like the teeny-tiny samaras on the red maples. And of course, toads.

Red maple samarasa nested toad

Meanwhile in the gardens we can just about check cutting back perennials off our list. We finally got to the soggy Rock Garden and North Garden on Friday, and Gail and I spent today starting to prune the Rose Garden. As I was being pinched and scratched and grabbed at, I tried really hard to remember why I love roses so much. I’m sure it will come to me…

Did you check anything off your list this weekend or did you simply celebrate spring?

2 thoughts on “Every day is daffodil day

  1. I celebrated spring by putting away the cross country skiis for the season. It snowed four inches today. Spring really is coming, isn’t it?

    Christine in Alaska

    Christine, I hope you weren’t too hasty putting away your skiis… But if our spring is anything to go by, it’ll be upon you before you know it! -kris

  2. I recently partook on a brief stroll through the gardens at Blithewold and while traversing through the landscape I unknowingly came into contact with poison ivy, oak or sumac. I would advise anyone who is planning on attending any sort of trip through the gardens to be aware of the dangers that lie due to the carelessness of the groundskeepers.

    Luis, I’m sorry to hear that on your “traverse” of the property you may have encountered poison ivy (-poison oak is found on the west coast, and to my knowledge, in our delicate swampy areas we have no poison sumac). We work very hard to weed out poison ivy when we find it, and we also work hard to ensure that our paths are wide enough for visitors to walk through comfortably. We do hope that visitors keep to the paths for their own safety as well as to protect any precious specimen plants we have planted off the paths. I hope you’re not uncomfortable for long! (Poison ivy may just be leafing out now, but you may find it helpful to learn how to identify it. Visit this site – it’s one of many – for more information.) -kris

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