Sunday, March 13, 2011

A Daffodil Day

This morning I arose and left the house much earlier than I would on a typical Sunday. My goal was to drive to, "town", and photograph a rather famous hillside....with the hopes that everyone else in the county was still in bed, or getting read for church.


The hillside in the picture is locally famous for the wild Daffodils that flourish here and herald the arrival of each spring season. I also have to mention, as a lover of old houses, that the house in this picture was built between 1810-1825. I have no doubt that this structure has witnessed the arrival of the Daffodils for many years.



Here in my area of central Kentucky people refer to Daffodils as March Lilies. Never have I heard a person refer to them as Jonquils. When I was a child I always called them Buttercups.




People here flock to this hillside in spring, photographing their children in the flowers and also enjoying the beauty.




As I sat down in the field it was like being in a sea of flowers, literally.




And to think when I lived in the city I actually bought Daffodil bulbs to grow in my flower garden.


Here they grow wild in the woods, field, and anywhere else they have naturalized. Tipper has a great post about Daffodils today as well. Please check her out.



What about you? Any Daffodils to trumpet the arrival of spring in your neck of the woods?






51 comments:

  1. Love the series of photos - bringing them closer and closer to us. They're beautiful. Thanks for getting up early (especially after losing an hour of sleep!)

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  2. Nothing as yet here in NM. I am just north of Taos right now and the Taos mountains are still snow capped. I love the photo you took when you sat in the field. Enjoy your Sunday!

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  3. Wow-that was so worth getting up early for-and I see you out smarted the others : ) Loved the pictures-and I love the history of people going year after year too. Makes me wish I could lay down in them myself : )

    Thanks for the shout out!!

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  4. Not many woods at hand here, but I'm looking out for our first daffodils!

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  5. I know you must have had a wonderful morning. I love doing things like that and the flowers are gorgeous. I remember seeing wild daffodils in a field like that, but have no idea when or where. Have a nice day, Inger

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  6. Heavenly! I can see why that hill is so famous-I could sit there for hours. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a big checked blanket and a picnic basket of southern goodies and park there for a wonderful lunch? I love daffodils and we do have some here that have naturalized over the years--they aren’t blooming just yet though :)

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  7. I'm so longing for the sight of my first daffodil here -- we planted hundreds last fall. :)

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  8. Wow! How beautiful is that! Our daffodil's are just starting to poke up out of the ground..but I have nothing like that even near me...and I lost a LOT this winter (or everything)...

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  9. Lovely photos! We have some daffodils out here, but not that many yet.

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  10. Lovely.
    A wonderful morning I'm sure.
    Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  11. Oh my gosh! What a beautiful field of yellow! Must have been fun sitting in the middle of it all to photograph!

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  12. Oh, that is just amazing! What gorgeous pictures.

    I have daffodils with forming buds...no blooms yet! Maybe in a week or so!

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  13. oh, the girls would love to play there! beautiful indeed~

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  14. oh how gorgeous!!
    love daffodils. we DO buy them here, and plant them all over because the deer won't eat them (unlike everything else) and so we can enjoy them for a few days. They are starting to bloom up the street but my house sits low and in the shade so we won't see them for another week or so.

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  15. Your photos are beautiful. Since I'm not very far from you we also have lots of "buttercups" in the fields, but not as many as when I was growing up. They really are my favorite flower. Thank you for sharing these with us.

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  16. I spend the weekend at the Lake of the Ozarks. I saw my first "jonquils" of the season there.

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  17. That is some amazing field. Beautiful shots.

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  18. I guess Jonquils are my favorite flower. Partly due to the fact that they are the first color we have in spring and I just welome them so much.
    Can you imagine living in that house and watching the beauty every year.....Oh!
    Great pictures!!!!
    My jonquils have been open for a couple of weeks!

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  19. WOW! I love daffodils and I'll bet that is a beautiful sight in person!
    I have three different areas of my yard that have daffodils planted and only one patch is blooming. Guess I'll get to enjoy them longer that way!

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  20. No way! That looks like a movie set! How awesome!

    m ^..^

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  21. Thank you for the effort. As there can't ever be a 'dark yellow' this surely made bright me night.

    Please have a good new week you all.

    daily athens

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  22. Farmchick -- Never have I seen a field so thickly populated with daffs. I lived in Oregon where they also grew wild in abundance but I never saw a field like your photos show. Here in central KY they have popped up all over fields and yards. Looking forward to April and the Redbuds. Great photos -- barbara

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  23. beautiful...ours have already come and gone...they don't last long enough.

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  24. What a wonderful fireld of sunshine!I've loved Daffodils since childhood!

    After 9/11 volunteers planted daffodils in many areas around NYC in parks and road divides,etc., in remembrance of those lost that day.

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  25. Farmchick, this is a wonderful series of photos, moving closer in with each picture. We have some daffodils in our yard, but they won't be seen for at least six more weeks. I think narcissus is the botanical name, jonquils are generally ones with smaller blooms and daffodils are the common name for narcissus, especially those with bigger blooms. (or not . . . )

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  26. Ahhh, buttercups - my favorite flower. I have a friend who had her grandchildren photographed on a hill of buttercups near Glasgow, KY last year. They were so cute in their little Easter outfits.

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  27. That is an amazing scene. And yes I have a little bank about the road ditch onto to which I plant daffodils expensively purchased from Holland. Good grief!!!

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  28. That is stunning! Ours are just beginning to bloom here.Thanks for getting up and out early!

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  29. These are gorgeous! Wish I could see that yellow covered hill myself. I particularly like the low angle shot with the house in the background. Great way to spend an early morning.

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  30. Beautiful! These buttercups are a sign of spring for us here in southwest Ohio too. We haven't gotten any yet that I have seen. But they must be on their way!

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  31. These are truly "Catch Your Eyes" photos. How beautiful. Sounds like a good "Road trip" to me. Just might have to make plans to see them next year.
    I know you must have enjoyed a wonderful moring of Peace and relaxation...Thank you so much for a piece of God's beauty with us...
    Shug

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  32. One of the ladies with whom I work grew up calling them "Easter flowers"; her husband is from Campbellsville and calls them "March Lilies" as you mentioned we've always done back home. I saw this post and called Sherra to tell her that the hill was in bloom; I hoped it might cheer her up a little given all that's happened. They are driving in from Grab today and she thought they'd go up to see the flowers.

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  33. Such a pretty house and lovely field of daffodils!
    We are about a month out to being able to see daffodils (or any other flowers) blooming.
    I got my little seedlings started in the house though:)

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  34. How nice to see someone normal from the US of A! Too often i'm horrified in my Grumpy's Alternative News!

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  35. Beuatiful pictures! I have a few blooming now, but nothing compared to that.

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  36. This is an amazing series of pictures gradually moving from the whole field to solitary examples. The second image is outstanding. I was out for a walk on saturday with friends and although we are still in the snowdrop season here, there were a lot of daffodil stalks and heads about to burst open.

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  37. I keep my eyes peeled every day for the first bluebonnets. That signals spring in my neck of the woods.

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  38. Do they always grow in a swoop of uphill slope? So dramatic, so short-lived.

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  39. OHhhhh I LIKE daffodil's! but i always have to translate in my head or look at the picture of the flower and than it all clicks!

    Thanks!
    Leontien

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  40. Like I told Janet, we called them "easter flowers." A lot of places in forests and fields, the only indication that a home ever existed on the site is the lovely yellow blooms that show up this time of year.

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  41. I'm SOOOO Jealous! I can't wait to see a flower here on the farm. I'll share one of my favorite poems with you in honor of your daffodils by Mr. William Wordsworth:

    I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed--and gazed--but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought:

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.

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  42. How beautiful. Well, as you saw on my blog, I have one daffodil blooming. It is amazing how you drive down the road and see clumps of daffodils all along the hillsides and in the woods where homesteads used to be.

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  43. Beautiful pics... Nothing beats cute colorful flowers that always bring cheer into our lives!!
    It is definitely a sea of yellow, beautiful hillside too.
    Have a nice day:)

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  44. Thank you for taking the time out on a early sunday morning to take these breathtaking photos - I literally could feel the sunshine through them!

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  45. Gorgeous shots of the daffodils ! And so fortunate are you that they grow 'wild' in such abundance there. It will still be some time before we have those up back home (in Canada) - they're safely sheltered under the snow still.

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  47. They do here too but not until April. What a beautiful sight! I've never seen that many at once before!

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  48. One of my favorite flowers...why haven't I ever planted them. Beautiful field of yellow. We have a place in Ca. called Daffodil Hill that I was fortunate enough to see once when it was in bloom. It is just outside an old Gold Rush town where there is an original hotel that has been refurbished.
    I'm glad you got up early to photo this beauty of Ky.

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  49. I would love to live by a field of daffodils! How beautiful.

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