Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Daffodils in Yaletown, Vancouver

give her the nod, originally uploaded by leftantler.
We love this Vancouver photo. It is artistically a home run, combining daffodils and an urban landscape into an image as pleasing as daffodil meadows and daffodil hills. Image taken on April 17, 2008, in George Wainborn Park.

Daffodil and Butterfly in Waverly, Ohio

Butterfly In Camo, originally uploaded by glenda.suebee.

This delightful image was taken on April 19, 2008, in the photographer's garden in Waverly, Ohio. The camo is pretty cool.

Pretty Daffodils in Aberdeen, Scotland

Long and winding road, originally uploaded by swishphotos.

We admire this photo taken in Aberdeen, Scotland, on April 29, 2008. Lucky lawnmower.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Snowy Daffodils in Burnaby Mountain Park, BC

Fence, Road and Tree, originally uploaded by justb.

We always say this is likely our last snowy daffodils photo of the season. This wintry and lovely image was taken in Burnaby Mountain Park, BC, on April 19, 2008.

Back to the Daffodil Future -- er Past

daffodils from the air, originally uploaded by artistgal.

We came upon this nifty April 18, 2002 photo of Skagit Valley "from the air", and even though it is not a 2008 image, we'll share it here. It probably looks pretty much the same this year (smile).

Sunday, April 27, 2008

They Look Pretty in White in Dublin, Ireland

We don't tend to post "just daffodils" here, because there are so many beautiful photos published of "just daffodils". We prefer a landscape and other interesting things going on in the photograph. Sometimes we make an exception when a photograph is too breathtaking to leave out. Steve-h took this beauty on April 13, 2008, in Bushy Park, Dublin, Ireland.

Must-watch Daffodils at The New York Botanical Garden

Thumbnail image from video. Click here to watch.

We chanced upon two treasures just now:
1. A gifted writer, artist, and garden blogger called The Occasional Gardener, full of lush energy and imagery, a treasure trove of art and imagination woven into our modern experience. This is a blog we'll want to return to again and again. In fact, we're going to grab the RSS feed to bring the blog onto our desktop.
2. A video of the daffodils taken recently at The New York Botanical Garden.

A big thanks to The Occasional Gardener for his blog and posting the video of the daffodils.

First Line of Daffodils in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Marching in a line, originally uploaded by baklein62.

University of Michigan's Nichols Arboretum has daffodils coming up in the Main Valley, and when all are in bloom, the official count will be a half-mile long line of 20,000.

Here's another image by baklein62 from the same series.

These images were taken on April 25, 2008.

You can learn more about this dynamic art project at the Imagine/Align website. Be sure to watch the video showing the planting of this daffodils line at the start of the project.

First Daffodils at Chicago Botanic Garden

Looks like Spring has arrived in Chicago. It's a beautiful thing. This photo was taken on April 26, 2008, at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Click here for the original high-resolution photo where you can readily see the daffodils on Bird Island in the distance.

First Ladybug in Skagit Valley, Washington

One of our favorite photos of the season. The ladybug looks "real" on the screen, complete with sheen. This close-up was taken in Skagit Valley on April 12, 2008, by photographer BratoDB.

Fountain Daffodils on Mainau Island, Germany

Wonderful! We've never seen anything quite like this fountain on Mainau Island in Germany.

We want to find an 80-degree day and sit half-way up the stairs. Fountain image was taken on March 22, 2008 by photographer the aliens.

Blaise Daffodils in Bristol UK

People in glass houses., originally uploaded by *Hairbear.

This innovative photograph was taken on April 4, 2008, at the Blaise Castle Estate in Bristol UK.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Afternoon reflections in Gig Harbor, Washington

Afternoon reflections, originally uploaded by 1bluecanoe.

This cheerful image was taken in Gig Harbor, Washington, on April 2, 2008. You can see more of 1bluecanoe's images on Darckr, a nifty Flickr viewer.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

First Reflections in Essex, England

We've never seen a photograph quite as captivating and wrote to the photographer inquiring about the image. Here are the interesting details Lubybel shares with us (image taken on April 2, 2008):

The daffodils were picked that morning from my own garden in Essex England and placed in a vase on a coffee table. I was sitting by the fireplace when I spotted the reflection in a mirrored candlebox placed on the mantelpiece. My canon G9 refused to take the shot on automatic focus so I selected manual. The bevel edged candlebox measures 1inch deep by 3 inches wide. The cultivar name of the daffodils being 'Early Flame'.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Daffodils on Loch Carron, Scotland

Another calm daffodils and H20 photograph with a boat bonus - we could stare at this photo all day. Image taken on April 23, 2008 on the shores of Loch Carron, Scotland.

New Daffodils in Lisse, The Netherlands

Coming soon..., originally uploaded by driek.

This photo, taken in Lisse on April 12, 2008, could also be named "Great Expectations".

Monday, April 21, 2008

Things Go Better With Daffodils in Purchase, New York

The Perfect Spot, originally uploaded by floralgal.

Yes, we know, it's Coca-Cola's slogan, but it works so well with this beautiful April 19, 2008 image. With corporate landscapes like this, we would think Pepsi is #1.

First Daffodils in North Yorkshire, UK

12447 - Helmsley, originally uploaded by M R Fletcher.

It's difficult to pass up a "daffodils and water" photograph. Here's a case in point. This image was taken on April 19, 2008.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

First Daffodils in Charlestown, Rhode Island

Fun windchimes in April, originally uploaded by melisdramatic.

Writing this blog has many of its own rewards, such as discovering a place called The Fantastic Umbrella Factory, located on a small farm in Charlestown, Rhode Island. This whimsical image was taken on April 19, 2008.

More Skagit Daffodils

Skagit Daffodils, originally uploaded by wendyb1214.

We haven't posted a Skagit image for awhile, though we see breathtaking photographs routinely. This breathtaking photograph was taken on April 18, 2008, proving that the daffodils still rule in the middle of the Tulip Festival.

Click here for a high-resolution image.

First Daffodils in Bolingbrook, Illinois

Springtime Fighting, originally uploaded by chorwedel.

We love the choreography in this image of "Two daffodils fighting for spring to arrive" (photographer's description). These Midwesterners live in Chad's yard in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

The image was taken on March 22, 2008, and we figured things have changed a lot in the past month. So we wrote to the photographer to see whazzup with the snow and the blooms. Chad reports: "The snow is all melted and the daffodils are in full bloom. Looks like one poor guy didn't make it with a bloom, but all of the rest are doing just fine."

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Oh Noooooooo! in Northern New Mexico

Smiling Throughout -, originally uploaded by Lochaven.

A wild snowy daffodils action shot! We would've bet we'd seen the last daffodil and snow photo for 2008, but here we have a cold one in Northern New Mexico for April 17. We love Lochaven's title for this image: "Smiling Throughout".

First Daffodils in East Lansing, Michigan

, originally uploaded by H. Mal.

H. Mal says it for all of us: Happiness. Things are growing, spring is coming. This image was taken on April 17, 2008.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

First Daffodils in Woodburn, Oregon

fenced in, originally uploaded by jahat.

We really, really like this photo. It's a bit unsettling (in a great, artistic way). Fenced-in drama in Woodburn, Oregon on April 16, 2008.

We could have danced all night in Washington, D.C.

We are mesmerized by this photograph titled "Spring Dance". The garden magic occurred in tuanh's backyard in a suburb of Washington, D.C. on March 25, 2008.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Daffodil Festival Resource Website

The daffodil season has arrived and gone in much of the U.S., but we're still looking forward to our daffodils here in New England (we've seen reports of daffodils on Cape Cod and in western Massachusetts, and we have seen an early daffodil or two along the streets of Cambridge).

Want to know the dates for your favorite daffodil festival and field? We invite you to visit our resource website ( which lists every North American daffodil festival, garden, and field that we know about.

Next year, we hope to expand the listing to daffodil festivals around the world.

First Daffodils at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens

tulips, daffodils and hyacinth, originally uploaded by lollopins.

Wellesley College blossoms, smart and competent as the day is new. This image was taken on March 2, 2008, at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens in Wellesley, Massachusetts, 6-8 weeks before these bloom in the wild.

Big Daffodils at NC State University

, originally uploaded by southpaw20.

We're not sure what they are feeding these daffodils at JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State University - but we know we're not going to be messing with 'em. This image was taken on March 25, 2008.

Great Blue Heron & Daffodils in British Columbia

Grey and Yellow, originally uploaded by leftCoast Imaging.

This beautiful bird seems intently interested in these daffodils. Maybe there's a bug on one of the blossoms. This image was taken by leftCoast Imaging in Delta, British Columbia, on April 6, 2008. More great blue heron photos here on flickr.

Daffodils and Bluebells in York, UK

© Janice Carrington
Yellow goes with anything. We're partial to yellow and blue, which is why we really like this photo. Image taken by yorkylass on March 24, 2008 in York, UK.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Daffodils and Tulips in West Milford, New Jersey

When we start seeing photos of daffodils and tulips together, we know the daffodil season is winding down (sigh).

This image was taken at Eden Farms on April 11, 2008.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

First Daffodils in Bath, UK

Springtime (3), originally uploaded by sunface13.

This pretty image is what we call the "picture of springtime". Photograph was taken on March 30, 2008.

Skagit Reflections

80411017, originally uploaded by jhiker5.

When is a photograph more than a photograph? This image includes an optical illusion we can stare at for hours. Little Bit of Heaven taken on April 12, 2008.

First Yellows in Gloucestershire, England

The yellows in the new trees in the back of the image and the yellows in the daffodils in the foreground ties this photo together nicely. This image was taken on March 30 near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, England.

First Daffodils at Barnard College

Nike, originally uploaded by lily_bart.
Nike is rushing to the Daffodil Festival. Image was taken on April 11, 2008.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

First Daffodil Parade in 1934 (Washington)

This history video was produced by Joe Barrentine and The Takoma News Tribune.

The Daffodil Festival 75th Annual Grand Floral Street Parade takes place throughout the day on April 12, 2008, in the Washington cities of Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting.

First Daffodils in Erie, Pennsylvania

Wet Daffodils, originally uploaded by joesnitty (jeremy).

Enjoying the springtime rain on April 11, 2008. Fresh.

First Daffodils in Amity, Oregon

Fanning Daffodil Farm, originally uploaded by cathrund.

Fanning's Daffodil Farm is a featured stop on the Amity Daffodil Festival Driving Tour, as well as the Volkswalk, held last weekend on April 5-6, 2008. This image was taken on April 5, 2008.

For the latest information on the Amity Daffodil Festival for 2009, visit us at and go to the Oregon listings.

First Daffodils in Ballylaneen, Ireland

Narcissus, originally uploaded by Ronan O Keeffe.

Nice Narcissus. Nice color-coordinated outfits. This image was taken in Bally, in County Waterford, on April 5, 2008.

Friday, April 11, 2008

First Daffodils in Roscommon, Ireland

More Toys, originally uploaded by Nigel Allinson.

This is cool. This photo was taken using a Lensbaby selective focus lens. We are dashing out to get ourselves this toy, too. This image was created on April 9, 2008.

First Daffodils in Green Bay, Wisconsin

We really "dig" this photo. Thanks to the Little Orange Kitchen and to Modigliani. Image taken on April 10, 2008.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

First Daffodils along the River Till, Northumberand, UK

THROUGH THE WINDOW, originally uploaded by Niffty.

Wow. This image was taken on April 5, 2008. How can anyone work with a view like this?

First Daffodils at Cambridge University, UK

John's Back Gate, originally uploaded by Lazy B.

We love all the "stuff" in this photo, it's like an I Spy book. This complex image was taken on March 15, 2008.

First Avalanche in Kent, UK

These little daffodils look a bit overwhelmed, and they are probably wondering "what happened"? This cold image was taken on April 6, 2008.

Skagit has it all

Tulips almost ready, originally uploaded by smastrong.

Daffodils have center stage now, but soon it will be the tulips' turn. This image was taken in Skagit Valley on April 6, 2008.

Monday, April 07, 2008

First Daffodils at Columbia University, Morningside Heights, New York City

moving northward, originally uploaded by presta.
These urban daffodils look pretty hardy. We love seeing daffodils in Manhattan. It means we'll see them in Boston "soon". We think? This image was taken on April 4, 2008.

Snow Surprise or is it?

Future Earth posts a few frozen daffodil photos from April 2008, with thoughts about the bio-cycle in southern England.

Teenage Daffodils in Northern Ireland

Daffodils, originally uploaded by David J Lindsay.

We love this concept, authored by photographer David J. Lindsay. "Teenage Daffodis". We know this is going to sound stooopid, but we wonder if they talk back to their parents? :*) Image taken on March 4, 2008.

First Daffodils in Annapolis, Maryland

Daffodils, originally uploaded by Karol A.

Here we have another new place to visit in our daffodils travelogue, this time daffodils coming to us from Annapolis, Maryland. Image taken on March 27, 2008.

Hungarian Spring! First Daffodils in Funfkirchen

We are delighted to see a beautiful daffodils photo arriving from Hungary. Image taken on March 27.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Snowy daffodils in Kew Gardens, London

Pretty landscape, for January. This image was taken on April 6 in Kew Gardens, London.