2011 First Harvest – Daffodils in the Shenandoah Valley

daffodils

daffodils

Weeks of bemoaning our late-blooming daffodils paid off this week as waves of yellow and white blooms popped out of the green. The smallest blooms (those with the orange-tipped coronas) are planted in great swaths around the edge of the forest, and they all are nodding in the early afternoon breeze.

We aren’t as far behind schedule with the daffodil bloom as I thought. 2010’s daffodils were peaking over Easter, which fell on April 4, 2010, and I picked a nice bouquet of daffodils to take to my mother. Today is April 10, and my “indicator flower,” an all-white bloom that is a little hard to see in this picture, is at the same stage as a week and a year ago.

Today promises to be the warmest yet, with a forecast into the high 70s or even low 80s. After a chilly and misty start to the day, I’m happy to see an improvement. To top it off, the magnolias should peak in another week or two, the peaches and ornamental pears have bloomed, and the lilacs are really struggling to break out. Spring has finally sprung in the Shenandoah Valley!

Click on the pictures for a closer look.

daffodils closeup

daffodils closeup

white, yellow, and orange daffodils

white, yellow, and orange daffodils

white daffodils

white daffodils

yellow daffodils

yellow daffodils

edge daffodils

edge daffodils

edge daffodils closeup

edge daffodils closeup

*** This personal blog is comprised solely of the opinions, views, projects, and travels of its author, Stacey Morgan Smith. She is lucky enough to have loving family and friends whom she drags along with her on her adventures and whom she puts to work on her little farm. She uses this blog to help promote living in the mountains of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, from Roanoke to the Potomac River.**

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