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Monday, March 21, 2011

Mosaic Monday – Narcissus – Daffodils


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On February 11th I posted a Friday Photo of our first Daffodils or Narcissus as I should correctly call them coming in to bloom. Over five weeks later we are still enjoying them thanks to the numerous varieties we have in the garden, which have bloomed one after another and all are still going strong, apart from the original Narcissus. This has been in bloom since before Christmas, so we have been lucky enough to have a touch of gorgeous yellow to enjoy ever since then.


This glorious selection is all thanks to our predecessor, the elderly Italian lady who lived here all her married life, in fact she and her husband built the house themselves in the early 1900’s. Unfortunately I do not know the name of most of the different varieties which is one of the reasons I have taken so many photographs of them this Spring, hopefully when time allows I can spend some time identifying them.

With reference to Wikipedia I found out that all Narcissus species have a central trumpet-, bowl-, or disc-shaped corona surrounded by a ring of six floral leaves called the perianth which is united into a tube at the forward edge of the 3-locular ovary. The seeds are black, round and swollen with hard coat. The three outer segments are sepals, and the three inner segments are petals. Though the traditional daffodil of folklore, poetry, and field may have a yellow to golden-yellow colour all over, both in the wild species and due to breeding, the perianth and corona may be variously coloured. Breeders have developed some daffodils with double, triple, or ambiguously multiple rows and layers of segments, and several wild species also have known double variants.

There are two schools of thought on the origins of the name, one is that of the youth called Narcissus, from Greek mythology who either drowned in the pool he came obsessed with viewing himself in, or eventually died of starvation and thirst beside the pool. Either way the Narcissus plant first grew on the spot where he died. The other possibility for the origin is that the plant is named after its narcotic properties.

Where ever the name originates from for me  'a host of golden daffodils' is always one of the first welcome signs of Spring.


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I wandered 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.

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Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

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The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling leaves in glee;
A poet could not be but gay,
In such a jocund company!
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

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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.

By William Wordsworth.


I am linking this post to Mosaic Monday at Little Red House where you will find lots of other beautiful Mosaics.


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  1. I don't know many of your Italian sayings, but I do know this poem, isn't it funny?! :)
    Beautiful pictures!

  2. What a gorgeous legacy she left. Beautiful.

  3. Fabulous Mosaics .. Stunning flowers , I cannot get Picassa to work for me ..:-( tried and tried ) ... Brilliant work .. Bravo :-) xox

  4. Wow, you have so many different varieties there and they are beautiful. One thing which is not in the French garden is daffodils, but that will soon be remedied when we move there. Never mind I have all the bluebells to look forward to when I arrive and a few tulips. Diane

  5. Hi, what a beautiful selection of daffodils and love the Wordsworth poem, which I always say at the beginning of Spring.Plenty of Spring flowers out here in Surrey and British Summer time begins this weekend coming. Enjoy, Jackie.

  6. So, so lovely! I love narcissus. Thanks for the photos.

  7. Very lovely pics! Thank you very much.

  8. Lindy, how lucky you are to have flowers all the time! They look gorgeous and abundant. Take good care of them and they will come back to you.
    I love your garden!

  9. Very beautiful! I love when they have a darker center! And you are always so sweet to give us links to info...and even include a poem! What a neat person you are and a great friend to have! ♥

  10. I rellay like your yellow mosaic. Thanks for quoting the poem too...one of my favorites!

  11. all so beautiful and made me smile today :)

  12. any pictures from the St. Joseph altars in Italy? Wow, my family would find that fascinating?

  13. I love them, but a have a question: is jonquil just another name for daffodil? Yours are so pretty!

  14. Bonjour Linda, I had no idea just how many dif. daffs (hehehe) there are... Your photo mosaic is lovely and so is the poem. Spring is on its way! Have a great week, Love from London xo

  15. Poetry and daffodills-how gorgeous. Thankyou for sharing your wonderful garden with us.Thankyou also for the comments you left on my blog.Love, Linda x.

  16. No matter where these lovelies are or what variety they are...they speak of sunshine and spring...my favorites!!!
    Have a beautiful sunshine filled week!!!

  17. Such lovely daffodils. We have to wait another month for them to show up here in Sweden!
    Have a nice week.

  18. I love both the narcissus and the daffodils. They look so cheery. Beautiful poem and post. Have a lovely week!

  19. Perfect flowers for the perfect poem, or is it the other way around?

  20. Daffodils are among my favorite flowers! You have many wonderful varieties. Your pretty mosaic is a perfect portrait of early spring. We may get some snow thsi week ...we will ahve to wait a little longer to see Spring blooms.

  21. Oh, I just adore the mosaics!!!! What a lovely subject you have shared with us today - thank you so much for sending joy this way!

  22. Beautiful photos. I love daffodils.

    Which program do you use to make your mosaics?

  23. Love the poem :) And your daffodils are gorgeous, what a lovely garden!

  24. This post is so delightfully cheerful...something we all need right now! Thank you so much for the lovely pictures and appropriate poem. Thank you also for stopping by my blog...I hope to see you again.

  25. I was just reading last night about the differences between these flowers... beautiful captures! =)

  26. What beautiful spring color and so many varities too!

  27. Hello LindyLou...so nice to see your beautiful flowers all the way across the sea! Hope you have a wonderful week. Fondly, Roberta

  28. Lindylou, thank you so very much for stopping by our blog and leaving a comment, otherwise I probably would not have found your lovely blog! And ohhhh those daffodils are stunning! What a lucky lady you are to spend part of your life in Italy (a dream of mine). Now I can live vicariously through your blog!:)

  29. gorgeous blooms. If only I could grown daffodils like this.
    Thankyou for taking the time to come to my blog.

  30. Hello Italy! Glad you found my blogs, 'cause now I've found yours. Italy is lovely...was in Rome, Florence, Capri n May last year. Will get to see more of Italy from your blog.
    Your yellow daffies are striking!

  31. Welcome Lindy Lou from Italy. Thanks for your visit. You have a most beautiful mosaic of spring flowers. We are just started to get them in the Bluegrass stage of Kentucky. I loved the book review and am an avid reader. You seem to love the same type book I do, novels built around famous happenings and historic places. I had belonged to a book club but since starting painting lessons gave that up. I still read and will sure look this one up. I would love to become a followers since I do not have a blogging buddy in Italy and would love one. I am currently reading a a very old masterpiece. The Shoes of The Fisherman by Morris L. West. Published i8n 1963 I had read it way back and read it with different soul eyes this time. Come again.

  32. What fun to have flowers bloom that were planted by someone else over the years. Your mosaics are beautiful and make me smile.

  33. Lucky you living in Italy! we have most of your varieties in our yard too thanks to the previous owner also! Have joined your group of followers!

  34. My oh my such golden glory. I thank the previous owners too. Such a legacy to leave for you to enjoy.
    Beautiful. MB

  35. Very lovely flowers and beautiful mosaic with them.

  36. This is the kind of environment I'm dreaming of - I have given up on daffodils and tulips here. The deer are so hungry after our long winters. One year I had tulips but not the next...Thanks for sharing your Italian spring with us.

  37. Beautiful, cheerful and informative! Thanks for giving us food for spirit and mind.

  38. Lovely! I just learned the Romans brought the daffodils to England ;)

  39. Hi LindyLou~ I love the sound of your "Adventure" I must read more of your blogs.
    Your mosaics are lovely. Thanks your for stopping by my blog and your kind comments.
    Ci vediamo!

  40. They are so beautiful and real spring flowers.
    You took wonderful pictures..I have to tell you I am a lousy gardener..I think I said this before..but I do appreciate beautiful gardens.
    Sometimes I get lucky and a few Iris might bloom.
    Poppies too..but that is all.
    As you can see, our weather is back to snow..but happy it is March..sooner or later it has to be spring here..xoxoCArolyn

  41. Your collection of Narcissus plants is simply amazing!

  42. I love their bright color. It reminds me of sunshine.

  43. What a happy mosaic! Love it.

  44. The daffodils are very beautiful! I haven't even seen the leaves in my gardens yet and it's supposed to snow tonight!

  45. I love these so very much, Linda. :-) I'm still so very sick but your photos put a big smile on my face and made me happy to be alive. :-) Thank you!!

  46. Thankyou so much for the greetings! Love, Linda x

  47. Such a lovely post filled to the brim with the most cheerful yellow daffodils! I notice they are just beginning to bloom here. So nice stopping by!

  48. Beautiful mosaic. Yellow is my favorite color, so of course I adore these pictures. I love your story....living your dream in Italy. Kudos to you!
    p.s. thanks for visiting my blog. :)

  49. You have bunches of them! They are so happy. At our old house we have that variety that has a green sort of center and they have probably been here for a very long time. I guess you divide yours every few years.

  50. My goodness, what a bounty! Beautiful mosaic and a fun project ahead to identify them all! Happy first week of Spring. – g

  51. What a lot of varieties you have! It's going to be fun for you to identify them, I think.

    Thank you for visiting my cold corner; it's ever so much brighter and warmer here.

  52. Gorgeous photos. Mine aren't in bloom yet.

  53. santatatiana@ A pleasure, thankyou for becoming a follower :)

    Millie@ I am delighted you enjoyed the poem and the mosaic.

    Marissa@ I like to make you smile. I have left a response about St Josephs altar on your blog.

    Flowers on my table@ Somehow that Wordsworth poem always comes to mind when I see daffodils.

    IngmarieWe@ Ours will be over but maybe you will share yours with us, thanks for calling by.

  54. eileeninmd@ Thankyou for taking the time to call by and comment.

    Bookquoter@ Definitely the other way round :)

    Carol Thyme to Cook@ Thankyou for you kind words.

    Sue's Kitchen@ Absolutely glad you enjoyed it.

    con-tian-it@ Thanks for calling by and commenting.

    Sal's CountryLife@ I am delighted you called by and I look forward to sharing our little piece of Italy with you.

  55. Life Images by Jill@ Thankyou for the visit.

    Carolina mountains@ Yes very lucky,welcome as a follower, I look forward to sharing our little piece of Italy with you.

    Rajesh@ Thankyou for the visit.

    Shelia@ It is a pleasure to share with you, sorry to hear you have such problems with the deer.

    Sue,LavenderLady@ I would love it if you call by sometimes to share more of our adventure.

  56. Dona@ We were lucky to take on such a well stocked garden.

    EG Wow@ Happy to share some early daffodils with you while you await Spring, hope it will not be too long now.

    Rambling Tart@ I am so sorry to hear that you are still unwell, take Care.

  57. What a beautiful post!! I love your daffodils and am can't help but think how lucky you are to have so many varieties! They're stunning! Your mosaic work is splendid too. Such a treat to see. I'm sorry I'm so late visiting your blog. It's been a busy week for me! Thanks for visiting Cottage and Creek. I've been to Italy twice and I can completely understand your love for it. Enjoy your day and weekend ~

  58. By the Bluegrass@ I am delighted you liked it, thanks for taking the time to visit.

    Carolsnotebook@ I am sure they will be soon, it will not be long before they are over here for another year .

    Lynn@ Thankyou for taking the time to call by and comment, not late at all, I am way behind on blog reading at the moment. So glad you enjoyed the visit and post, hope to see you again.

  59. My gosh, that little old lady that lived there before you was sure nice to plant all of these beautiful yellow daffodils. I only have about 20 in total! I am sure it is breathtaking, even more so than in your gorgeous photos!

  60. Hi Lindy, thanks for stopping by my blog. You are certainly leading a very interesting life in Italy and it makes for great reading. The daffs look great...I never knew till I moved to U.K. that there were so many varieties...they're such sunny happy little flowers...announcing the coming of spring. I will keep an eye on your stories. Robx

  61. Roz@ They are gorgeous and I believe have multiplied over the many years since they were first planted.

    Robynne@ Thanks for calling by, I think we are both finding each others stories interesting :)

  62. I'm back to this lovely post :). Do you have camillias and Saucer magnolias too - that is what is in full bloom here now.

    Thank you for joining Post Of The Month Club - I hope you'll link up again in April :)

  63. Gorgeous! We are just getting these as well and I love them. Great photos!


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