Friday, February 6, 2009

"Isn't she lovely?"


Ok, I have to admit I have Stevie Wonder singing in my head as I write this post title, so now I think maybe you do, too!

I just had to share.

Look at Ms. Daffodil above -- here she is this morning. Looking for the sunshine that graced us today.


And here she is, this afternoon, as she begins to unfurl her precious petals in preparation for her "First Bulb of the Season Party!"

And you are invited!

I'm continually amazed at how such a simple little thing can be so joyful.


The normally-cranky looking Mr. Leatherleaf Mahonia is quite perky in today's sunshine as well, as he shows off his yellow berries.  The birds don't eat them, though.  I'm guessing they taste like they look - kind of prickly.


And here's the view up the side path to the wild garden, with that glorious sunslight glinting on the trees.  Lots of dead foliage and plants in here right now, but in spite of that, it looked beautiful to me today.  Sunlight has a way of changing your view of things, doesn't it?

I guess that's why I love living in Texas - LOTS of sunshine.  (Ask me how I feel about it in August!)

But, today, I'll leave you with another jingle in your head - like McDonald's...

"I'm Lovin' It!"

17 comments:

queenofseaford said...

Evening Diana,
Listened to Stevie Wonder on the way to dinner tonight, PBS radio show profiled Songs in tke Key of Life. Great song! Great album! In some ways I miss Texas, we were in Killeen for 4 years, pregnant two summers while there. Do miss the bluebonnets, share some with us in March/April please!
Janet

Diana said...

Janet -- How ironic. Those were all great songs, weren't they? Pregnant in the summer here, not so hot! I will definitely share bluebonnets and wildflowers as they pop up. I saw some Mexican hats popping up this week already - amazing, given our drought.

queenofseaford said...

Diana, hard to believe it is almost that time. I love the bluebonnets and Indian paint brush. We lived in Frankfurt and Spardorf (a small village outside of Erlangen)
Janet

jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Love the daffodils, but not so much Stevie Wonder. Too many years of hearing him musacked (misspelling intentional). More of a Steve Earle girl myself. :-)

Diana said...

Janet - I have cousins in Frankfurt - we spent 6 days there this summer. Small world, isnt' it?

Jodi -- Hope the Daffodil photos brightened your day. If she opens up tomorrow, I will probably have to post her again. It's just too exciting!

getgrounded said...

Diana, love that Daffodil! I have gladiolus and hyacinth peeking out, and get this - I have a tiny viburnum in a container (moved when I got your big ones) in total bloom! I'm planning to take pics of it this weekend for proof. Spring is close, isn't it? I felt very ready for it today.

Diana said...

getgrounded -- oooh - glads -- they are my all-time favorites. But I don't grow any here. I bought bulbs though, they just never made it into the ground. Can't wait to see that viburnum in full bloom. They really are pretty. Yes, it's almost Spring -- and I feel like I am supposed to be out there working!

Carol said...

Diana, you are so right. Sunlight makes a big difference. Around here in Indy, when we have too many cloudy days, people get kind of moody and rude. Then the sun comes out and no matter how cold it is, everyone is just happier. I long though for the warmer spring days when I'll have some daffodils blooming!

Carol, May Dreams Gardens

queenofseaford said...

Diana, we lived near the Frieburger Warte in Frankfurt, in converted Luftwaffe barracks. It is a small world.
Janet

Diana said...

Carol - I know what you mean - when I lived in Minnesota my desire for sun and things green was palpable in about April. Luckily, Spring is just around the corner. In the meantime, thank goodness for seeds, catalogs, magazines and indoor plants and bulbs.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Yes, she is beautiful. My sore eyes are so happy to see her bright cheerful face about to emerge.

Lancashire rose said...

The daffodil is such a welcome sight in the spring garden. I think it will be weeks before I can show pictures of mine. Wasn't that weather glorious? Now it is cloudy but still no sign of rain.

Diana said...

Lisa - glad she brought you some cheer today. Heard you guys had in the 40's yesterday - I'm sure that was a welcome relief after this cold snap.

Lancashire Rose -- I have several other clumps that are much slower-growing, and some that won't come up for another month. I like that though, I get to enjoy them for a while this way. Do you have other bulbs, too?

Jan said...

It is nice to see those first spring flowers. It really lifts the spirits.

Jan
Always Growing

Diana said...

Jan - glad it cheered you up -- it sure does make me smile every time I go past her. And that's what flowers are for, isn't it?

mss @ Zanthan Gardens said...

Lovely yellows. My leatherleaf mahonia is blooming, too. I planted it in shade (which it's suppose to like) and then some trees fell and now it's in full summer sun (which it definitely does not like). Other than the leaves browing, it seems very tough. And prickly!

Diana said...

MSS - Thanks. I've always been intrigued by the Mahonia. Like you, I have one that gets more sun than the one right next to it - there is a sun/shade dividing line between them, and the one that gets sun does look brown and sad in the summer while it's neighbor is fine. Interesting.