Narcissus

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Check out the beautiful narcissus at Zanthan Gardens. These are the flowers that us northerners force in pots and must then throw out because it gets too cold for the beauties to winter over. My oldest son, who works in the grounds department of the local psych center and gets “stuck” planting the flowers, once bought paperwhites thinking they were the Narcissus poeticus that we grow all around here. We had a very mild fall and early winter, and they bloomed before being wiped out by the cold. People there thought he was quite the skilled gardener to pull off that trick. Daffodils in December, can you imagine? Well, if you live in Texas, you probably can imagine it, but it’s pretty improbable around these parts.

Anyway, these are gorgeous photos and I urge all flower-hungry northerners to go over there and drink deeply with your eyes.

About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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