St. Patrick has woken at last!

He’s two weeks late, but at last Narcissus St.Patrick has woken up and is spreading his lovely soft yellow flowers round the woodland and the woodland border.

I like the soft yellow after the brightness of Tete a Tete and the petals are almost white which gives it a much gentler appearance.

They are increasing as the years go by.

This bee found plenty of food in the woodland this morning., it chose the right place to visit.

I love the frilly trumpets, so pretty.

Normally Narcissus Geranium flowers before St. Patrick, but their buds are still tightly closed, even though they are nice and fat and promise lots more flowers to come.

Is your garden catching up or are you still suffering with extra cold weather. Our temperatures are slowly rising, so I think that will soon make a difference to all the flowers in the garden here.


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16 Responses to St. Patrick has woken at last!

  1. Jason says:

    No Daffodils blooming here, not even the ones named after saints. No bees either.

    • Pauline says:

      St. Patrick is usually in flower by March 17th Jason, definitely oversleeping this year! I’ve read that bees only fly when the temperature rises to 10C, yesterday was a lovely sunny day, haven’t had one of those for ages, so the bees were making the most of it.

  2. peter says:

    St. Patrick is a beautiful narcissus. We only had a couple of weeks of freezing weather this winter and the garden was a bit slow to start but has made up for lost time.

    • Pauline says:

      It sounds as though you had a better winter than we did Peter, I’m hoping the worst is over for us, but we have a lot of catching up to do.

  3. Denise says:

    St Patrick is lovely Pauline and as you say, a very gentle appearance. I admit to not being enthused by some of the ‘modern daffodils’!

    • Pauline says:

      I do so agree with you Denise, about some modern varieties. I don’t like doubles and as for split trumpets, they should have been thrown on the compost heap when they first opened! Sorry about my little rant, but I like my daffodils to look like daffodils.

  4. If spring gets a late start, maybe summer will last longer! St. Patrick is quite the romantic with his soft color and frills, isn’t he?

    • Pauline says:

      I somehow think Marian, that St. Patrick wouldn’t really approve of his frilly trumpet, but I think it does make him look very pretty! We have had a very long drawn out Spring, with bursts of really cold winter every now and again. Some of my special snowdrops were flowering in November, I still have a couple of snowdrops in flower, so that makes 6 months with those little beauties tempting me into the garden, not bad!

  5. Christina says:

    My garden is still looking quite ravaged by the cold winds; there are plants I will need to cut back or maybe even remove but I always like to give them a chance to prove they’re alive so there are lots of dead leaves on some plants. But on the positive side lots of the tulips are early because of the cold autumn, so not all bad! Love your gorgeous narcissus.

    • Pauline says:

      Today is a lovely warm sunny day Christina, I can’t remember when we last had one of these! This winter in general has been very strange for all of us I think. I hope your garden is soon back to its usual flowery self and the weather gets back to what it should be for this time of year.

  6. Cathy says:

    Lovely daffodils Pauline! Mine are all coming out now too, and the Forsythia is finally opening today! 🙂

    • Pauline says:

      Thanks Cathy, I don’t think it will be long before the others join in. The flowering shrubs are still behind here, a bit more sunshine is needed I think.

  7. snowbird says:

    That is a beautiful daffodil, I must try and get some for next spring. A bee, how lovely, I haven’t seen any here

    • Pauline says:

      It really is Dina, it is one of my favourites, more of a primrose yellow than a harsh yellow. Yesterday there were so many bees in the woodland, today is a bit cooler, but the bees are still about, I have read that they need it to be above 10C before they fly.

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