Every Bloomin’ Thing

We viewed and bought our little farm at the end of last summer, so as the seasons have been changing, we have been getting to know what is planted here and how to care for it all. 

One of the best surprises so far has been a long stretch of cheerful, fragrant Paperwhite Narcissuses all the way down the driveway.

If only you could smell them!

I cut some for an indoor display and was rewarded with their fragrance all week. The following weekend, however, all the flower clusters on the hill looked like this:

…so I went through and deadheaded them to help them put their energy into the bulbs for next year. It’s hard to say goodbye, because these flowers were a sure sign of Spring (and Hope for warmer weather) after a long and cold winter.

My bucketful of narcissus flowers. I can’t feed these to the goats, so they are composting. I wish I knew of some other use for them, though. If you have any ideas, let me know!

Here are some other Spring blooms! 

We planted a row of tulips in the Fall because we were eager to plant something at our new house, and now we have a gorgeous row of color bordering one side of our yard!

We also planted fruit trees in December and January. These, too, are now blooming.

The grape vines we pruned are budding…

Not to mention the wildflowers in the orchard! But that’s another post…

If you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for a moment.

Georgia O’Keefe