At last !

At last, St Patrick has arrived, only 27 days late!!

Narcissus St. Patrick

While we had weeks of freezing cold wind, he was sensible and stayed firmly shut, but then last weekend, when the wind dropped and the temperatures rose ever so slightly, there was a hint that he might be opening.

Narcissus Sy. Patrick's Day

Each day during the week , the flowers opened just a bit more,

Narcissus St. Patrick

The rain couldn’t stop St Patrick, he was going to open, no matter what!

Narcissus St. Patrick's Day

Open at last, just a month later than he should be, but he was worth the wait!

St. Patrick's Day narcissus

St. Patrick’s Day is such a lovely narcissus, creamy outer petals and a darker shade of yellow for the trumpet which is very frilly.

St Patrick's Day narcissus

A bonus is the beautiful perfume.  We were promised a heatwave this weekend, well, all I can say is that the wind is a bit warmer and the rain is definitely warmer, but no sun, just a very grey sky. This means of course that my St. Patrick’s Day narcissus will last longer for me to enjoy them!

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20 Responses to At last !

  1. Liz says:

    Hi Pauline,

    Glad to see St Partick out at last 🙂
    I can’t believe the growth some plants have put on over the past few days since it’s become warmer! I keep thinking it won’t last long.. But then I’ve no reason not to believe it’ll stay this temperature, after all it’s only average for this time of year… Perhaps I’m just so used to cold that I find it hard to believe we’ll have anything else now.

    It’s very warm here, sunny and very windy but the wind is warm. Definitely no need for coats, jackets or cardis. In fact I took my cardi off because I was overheating.

    • Pauline says:

      You’re one of the lucky ones Liz, I was out this morning in coat, scarf and gloves!!
      The plants have put on so much growth this last week and have filled out with all the rain and warmer temperatures, just what they needed. The garden is looking much more like it should at this time of year, there is such a difference when I look back over the last 2 yrs photos.

  2. Cathy says:

    Hurrah! Glad to see that St Patrick has finally arrived but I am sorry you needed coat, scarf and gloves to see him! Sorry too that you have not seen much in the way of sunshine either 🙁

    • Pauline says:

      The rain has stopped now , we have sent it on its way north!! Scarf and gloves were needed when we went out of the village here, just a coat needed for looking at St Patrick, hopefully tomorrow will be better!

  3. What a lovely daff, and the fragrance is a definite bonus. I am going to have daffs flowering with tulips soon, which could be interesting, depending what colour the tulips turn out to be…

    • Pauline says:

      Usually he flowers on or about 17th March Janet, so he is really late this year, but better late than never! I’m sure that the people who had lots of snow will have all their bulbs flowering together, it will be an amazing sight!

  4. Christina says:

    Just a few days of sun makes all the difference! Scented daffodils are lovely so do enjoy them while you can. Today it was actually HOT here and everything has burst into flower. Christina

    • Pauline says:

      I’m still waiting for the hot sun Christina, just enjoying the slight rise in temperatures, the plants all like it too! How lovely that you have everything bursting into flower at once, it must look amazing!

  5. Angie says:

    Well done St. Patrick – better late than never, I say! I seem to be saying that a lot at the moment!
    That’s a gorgeous daff and the euonymus really sets it off.

    • Pauline says:

      St. Patrick made it eventually Angie! Everything seems to be gathering momentum at the moment, ready to burst forth, soon the garden will be looking as it should, thank goodness plants can adapt to all the strange weather we have been having.

  6. Wendy says:

    They look beautiful daffodils and worth waiting for. I think daffodils are providing some of the best examples in nature of how late spring is this year (27 days in this case!)

    • Pauline says:

      They were worth waiting for Wendy, if they hadn’t been given the name that they have, I wouldn’t look for them on March 17th! Gardens round here are looking as they should have in March, but we have noticed that the hedges of Hawthorn are beginning to green up at last.

  7. VP says:

    St Patrick is one of my favourites too – yours are slightly further ahead of mine 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Lovely to hear from you VP, thanks for leaving a message. So glad someone else has fallen for the charms of St. Patrick, it is a lovely one! I’m hoping that spring has finally arrived, the temperature is slowly rising to almost normal for this time of year and the flowers are looking a lot happier, thank goodness.

  8. Alberto says:

    Now i can understand why you were so anxious to see this particular narcissus. I like its creamy yellow too and I take your words for the perfume, which is a big plus. I will look out for this cultivar next autumn!

    • Pauline says:

      It’s a lovely colour Alberto, not a hard yellow like lots of daffodils are. Hope you find it in the autumn and can add it to your collection, will look forward to the photos of it!!

  9. Anna says:

    Yeaaaaaaay – better late than never and well worth waiting for. I do like the frill. How tall is St.Patrick? Scent too is a bonus. Sorry to hear that the sun did not shine Pauline but maybe it made an appearance today.

    • Pauline says:

      Yes,the sun shone today Anna,it was quite warm!!! More clumps of St Patrick’s Day have now opened and the woodland is looking very yellow at the moment, but it’s a nice soft buttery yellow. St. Patrick isn’t too tall, about 15 ins I think, just a bit taller than Tete a Tete and I agree, he has a nice frill!

  10. Caro says:

    Signs of spring at last! I can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from gardeners across the UK. We’ve had much brighter weather down here and this morning I noticed new growth on shrubs in front gardens plus – a real treat – a glorious cherry blossom in full flower! I’ve got tiny muscari just emerging on my balcony, right at the time I want to get my salad leaves into that space!! Lovely daffodil and well worth the wait!

    • Pauline says:

      It’s wonderful to be a few degrees warmer Caro, all the hedges have started coming into leaf along the lanes, the birds are singing once more, I think spring has finally arrived! Enjoy your muscari while they are flowering, salad leaves will have to find another space!!

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