Happy April!

(graphic from Little Birdie Blessings)

Happy April to you all!

April is a good month-

Easter is coming, spring has really arrived, green things are really growing,

 my birthday month-what’s not to love about April!?

And a day late-Friday’s flower-

The Daffodil

Daffodils are a wonderful sign of spring, signaling that winter is really gone.

Daffodils are also known as narcissus and jonquils-the terms are interchangeable.

Daffodil is the common name, narcissus are the genus, and jonquil the specific species,

with there being 200 daffodil species and 25,000 named varieties.

Jonquils are daffodils, but not all daffodils are jonquils.

How to grow daffodils

Daffodils are perennial flowers grown from bulbs planted in the fall.

They bloom in the spring, being one of the earliest bulbs to bloom.

They are hardy from zones 3-9, and they are very long-lived.

Daffodils like well-drained, loamy, fertile soil, slightly on the acidic side.

They should be planted pointy end up, 2 times the depth of their size, deeper in sandy soil.

Give lots of water while growing.

Leave the foliage to die back naturally before cutting off.

Daffodils spread into nice sized clumps, and can be dug and divided after 5-10 years.

Daffodil colors are orange, yellow, white, and there are some pinkish varieties.

Daffodils make nice cut flowers, but the stems do secrete a toxic sap that can be irritating to the skin,

and will kill others cut flowers if put in the same vase.

It can be harmful to dogs- deer and squirrels do not like it.

Daffodils are not naturally occurring, and when you see a clump of them

growing by the roadside, there was probably a  house there at one time.

The same for lilac bushes-someone had to have planted them.

Below is a double ruffled variety, looking like it is having a bad hair day.

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,

She wore her greenest gown,

She turned toward the south wind,

And curtsied up and down.

She turned to the sunlight

And shook her yellow head,

And whispered to her neighbor,

“Winter is dead.”

A.A. Milne

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2 Corinthians 5:17

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;

the old has gone, the new has come!