zondag 3 april 2016

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze

The words in my title are not by me, but by the English poet William Wordsworth. When I look at the daffodils in my garden, and think of the poem, I can see that Wordsworth did a good job. He captured the way daffodils move in the breeze, beautifully.  They have their heads down, away from the wind, and they sway, like they are dancing. They have a certain elegance too, with their long and slender stems. 

Daffodils make excellent cut flowers. Before you combine them with other flowers, I advise you to put them in the water separately, for about 24 hours. The juice the plant exudes, won't poison the other flowers any more.

But of all the qualities Daffodils have, to me, the most important one is the happiness they bring. With their cheerful ruffled cups, the only thing you can do is love them.

Next week I will take you to my garden once more, to give you an update on the spring cleaning we did, in and around the garden house, and to show you the flowers that are in bloom. Some tulips are ready to open up, so with a bit of luck.......

Have a good week.


Madelief x

I wander'd 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 stretch'd 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.

46 opmerkingen:

  1. Lieve Madelief,

    Hoewel ik niet gek ben op gele bloemen, ben ik het helemaal met je eens dat de narcis wel vrolijkheid uitstraalt. Hier in het dorp staan nu velden vol en daar word ik altijd blij van...want dat is een teken dat het weer lente is. Vanmiddag heb ik ook heerlijk in de tuin gewerkt, de zon scheen zo lekker. Toen zag ik ook dat her en der de groene toppen zich weer door de grond wurmen...een heerlijk vooruitzicht!

    Ik wens je een fijne week! Veel liefs, Ingrid

  2. Heerlijk Madelief, je tuin ziet er al super netjes uit en die bloemen......
    Wat hadden we een mooie dag vandaag.
    Groet, Janneke

  3. Beautiful springtime images Madelief....just beautiful!! ­čĺŤ
    V x

  4. You do in your garden what Wordsworth did in poetry :)

  5. Wonderful combinations of flowers and colours.

  6. Your daffodils are so pretty! I love the bouquets that you have put together.

  7. Geweldig Madelief, hele mooie foto's waar het voorjaarsgevoel van afspat. Joh, je fotografeert waanzinnig. Heerlijk dat je zo kunt genieten van je tuin en je bloemetjes. Rijk gevoel!

  8. Dear Madelief,

    I adore the colours and life in your images. You look terrific. Thank you for the tip on daffodils and leaving them sit separately for 24 hrs. I have learned from you.

    Have a great week

  9. Wat is het toch telkens weer genieten van jouw foto's. De kleuren springen altijd van mijn scherm af en ze stralen met z'n allen zoveel vrolijkheid uit. Niet alleen de narcissen, al zijn die een klein feestje op zichzelf,maar ook de andere bloemen stralen.
    Ik kijk nu al uit naar je volgende post.
    Fijne avond en mooie nieuwe week,

  10. Everything under control and full of promise. What a difference with a week ago. Now it will be going from strength to strength. Wish my garden was that tidy :-)

  11. What a WONDERFUL poem.. it's so very true. I adore your garden and greenhouse - and the bouquet you picked and laid upon the weathered wood. You have such a talent for floral art! Being a flower artist is a wonderful thing.. and of course your photography is in a class of it's own. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  12. One word - SPRINGTIME!
    Lovely pictures Madelief, so beautiful and lovely...

  13. All so very beautiful dear Madelief - the flowers, the garden and of course you sharing it all with us!

    Wordsworth's poem was drilled into us at school in England of course - now I appreciate it so much more! Daffodils played an important roll in my childhood - both in my parents' garden where we grew many, and in the entire town where I lived between the sea and the farmland - daffodils grew everywhere and meant Spring had definitely arrived.

    Madelief, hope you will stop by my post today - all the lovely the azaleas are in bloom and had a good shower in yesterday's rain making them look so pretty!

    Hugs - Mary

  14. MY HEART IS FLUTTERING in the breeze of your presence here, Madelief! The blue against the yellow....goodness what a great contrast! Oh how we all wish spring would last forever in this life!

    I so love this poem. We need more ethereal poetry these days. Lovely my dear, and thank you for your eye that sees spring eternal!

  15. Madelief, I can tell how eager you are to return to your garden. Those daffodils have signaled the start of a season of beauty. I completely agree with you about their being very Happy Flowers!

    May I also wish you a very Happy, if a bit belated, Birthday. The cake that you showed us in that previous post is a gem! You made me laugh at the toothbrush method used in the cake's decoration.

    Here in NYC, our weather alternates between spring into summer, followed by a winter resume, with occasional snow flurries. Climate change is with us, I believe, and wonder what it's effect will be on our botanical friends.


  16. Exquisite images, Madelief. My favourite colour combination is blue and yellow. When you add the spring green, it's sublime!

  17. I have to tell you that your photos take my breath away. I don't know how you manage to get such stunningly bright color and make the most romantically beautiful little bouquets with such a simple choice of flowers.. You have recited my very favorite Wordsworth poem. Have you been to his Dove Cottage or Rydal Mount, his home once he gained his fame? They are located in Grasmere in the Lake District in Northern England. There you can walk through his garden. The estate is still owned by the family who open it in the summer for tourists. I dream of visiting there when the daffodils are indeed dancing. Loved this post. Both of my visits were in June, well past the daffodils.

  18. The bright yellow of the daffodils mixes so beautifully with the blue flowers and greenery. A wonderful combination. Wordsworth described daffodils well.

  19. Daffodils always make me smile; no wonder they are called happiness blooms. I remember learning that poem as a child, and it is always in my mind when I visit cooler climes and see the daffodils en masse. Your bouquets as always, are beautifully made. xx

  20. formidable
    des couleurs chatoyantes pour ce bouquet de fleurs de campagne
    c'est un r├ęgal pour nos yeux
    mille bisous

  21. Beautiful! Thank you for some gorgeous spring loveliness :) x

  22. What a happy Spring cheer your charming flowers spread! Enjoyed the amazing poetry too!

  23. Seeing daffodils always makes me feel happy. They are such a lovely bloom to have each spring. Unfortunately for me, they don't grow in s.e. FL USA.

    Thank you for sharing so much loveliness in your photographs.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  24. Such beautiful blooms and blossoms!!! You are so right, daffodils make lovely cut flowers don't they, they last so well and look so beautiful as well as bringing the sunshine indoors! xx

  25. Heerlijk je tuin en je bloemen weer te zien...voorjaar !!...heb er zin in.....gister al lekker buiten gezeten....nu even pas op de plaats net thuis uit het ziekenhuis tot morgen met voet omhoog....aan mijn grote teen geholpen ..yakkes niks voor mij...maar komt goed ...liefs fijne week van mij x❤️

  26. This year I must, MUST, plant more spring bulbs :) xxx

  27. Gorgeous post...I just love all your springtime pictures and those beautiful flowers! You look lovely too!
    Happy April and happy gardening!
    Helen xox

  28. Beautiful poem, beautiful photographs! I love the combination of the yellow daffodils with the bluebells and lungwort. I will have to remember your tip about keeping them separate right after cutting. Such beautiful photos. . .

  29. Dearest Madelief,
    Oh you have always such an abundant flower harvest off your lovely garden.
    The way you arranged them in your vase is art work too and fit for a magazine as usual.
    Sending you hugs,

  30. Je bent er klaar voor! Ik zie nu pas dat je ook een kas hebt. Daar kan je vast lekker in zaaien of zitten met slecht weer. Je boemeltjes zijn enig . Groetjes,Hetty

  31. What beautiful flowers - and a beautiful poem too.

    Enjoy your day,
    Enjoy your week.

    All the best Jan

  32. Your garden is looking so beautiful. Daffodils do bring such joy at this time of year. I remember learning Wordsworth's poem when I was 10 years old, it has always stuck in my memory! Sarah x

  33. Wat alweer een heerlijke voorjaars parade bij je.......Genieten.....
    Al zoveel in bloei......mooie bloemen....frisse kleuren.....prachtig glaswerk......
    En dan nog even wachten dus op de tuin van je..........De mooiste periode breekt weer aan.

    Wens je een fijne avond


  34. Such a happy, joyful post, dear Madelief - especially to see your smiling face in your favorite place. I did not know about daffodils poisoning the other flowers, but it makes perfect sense and I will be careful now. Thank you for sharing this. The flowers and the poem are wonderful! A happy week to you! Hugs xo Karen

  35. Hello ...I just want to say how much your blog uplifts me...thankyou so much for all the beautiful photos and words...with love from Glastonbury..U.K

    Suzy xx

  36. Your flowers are just so beautiful! Daffodils do bring such joy. Now I will think of them as dancing with a sway. I have a feeling in one month all the daffodils and tulips will be gone once we travel to Amsterdam. I just know though that there will be beautiful flowers all around.

  37. Your daffodils are really beautiful garden-breeze-dancers, dearest Madelief!

    And your blue-white-yellow-violet bouquets look so pretty and delicate and touching - it is a pleasure to look at your flower photos!

    Lots of K├╝schelb├╝schels & groetjes,





  38. What beautiful photographs Madelief, they capture the spririt and colours of Spring perfectly. The table and chairs under the trees surrounded by daffodils looks an enchanting place to sit and rest a while.
    Enjoy the Spring gardening!
    Gill xx

  39. Once again I want to tell you that you have a GREAT sense of color. Your photos of the daffodils, hyacinth, etc. proves it. Very nice. Jack

  40. Dear Madelief,

    Beautiful post and flowers and yes, I know exactly what you are saying the daffodils really do look like they are dancing in the wind. Lovely to see you out there in the garden.
    Happy new week

  41. Great photos! Your garden is full of spring. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Great photos! Your garden is full of spring. Thanks for sharing.

  43. Great photos! Your garden is full of spring. Thanks for sharing.

  44. Great photos! Your garden is full of spring. Thanks for sharing.


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