Saturday, May 17, 2014

Has Spring in Montana Finally Sprung?

It feels like Spring may finally have arrived in the mountains of Montana - at least until the next May winter storm!  It was even warm and sunny at the soccer fields this morning.

Last Monday I posted a photo of the daffodils in my flower bed.  Weighted down by frost and snow, only one was blooming and it was very droopy.  I am happy to report that this cheery little crowd brushed themselves off, and have been making me smile every time I look out my kitchen window.

Daffodils or narcissus?  I really don't know the difference.

Two years ago I planted 50 tulip bulbs.  Well, I planted about 35 of them.  Tired of trying to dig holes in the rocky soil and with snowflakes beginning to flurry, I just buried the remaining 15 in one of my fenced, raised beds. Last fall, wanting that garden spot for something else, I moved all those tulip bulbs to another part of our property.

These tulips bloomed in spite of my efforts!

Or so I thought!  Apparently, I missed four.  When I walked around the corner of our house yesterday, I was surprised to see these vibrant blooms.  They are poking up through the tomato fencing I had stored on top of the raised bed for the winter.  I couldn't help but laugh.  These are the only tulip flowers on our property this year - the deer demolished the rest!  

Tulips are my favorite flower, but if I plant any more spring bulbs, it will not be tulips.  Apparently, the deer really love them too!


Can anyone tell me the difference between a daffodil and a narcissus?

6 comments :

  1. I have no idea what the difference is :) Your flowers are very pretty though! We had our 1st Annual Booster Golf Tournament today - and it rained all morning! Oh well. Hope you're having a great weekend!

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    1. Your weather from today is now headed our way - thunderclouds are moving in! Hope the Golf tournament went well - and enjoy your weekend too!

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  2. The spring really is awesome:) And so are all the plants, one day they are back, every year. It is fantastic:) I hope you get more of these warm and sunny days!

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  3. Thanks Linda. Today it is raining - but that helps the plants grow too!

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  4. Your flowers are gorgeous! Tulips are my favorite flower too, but they don't grow too well in Alabama, and the few that people do get to make a spectacular showing are long gone by May. Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures. I hope you get to enjoy your daffodils for quite a while!

    I am not totally sure, but I do think daffodils are the large ones - like you have, and narcissus are much smaller, more clustered, and quite fragrant, as well as being mostly white. But, don't hold me to that! :)

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    1. Thanks Karen! I am sure Alabama has been much warmer this month than Montana. I am so happy to gain some insight into the daffodil vs narcissus identification issue. :)

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