Tuesday, April 21, 2009

We have short time to stay, as you, we have as short a spring. ~ Robert Herrick

(Narcissus Delibes)

And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.
~ William Wordsworth

We all know William Wordsworth's famous poem Daffodils, but did you know this and many of his poems had their source in the lovely writings of his younger sister Dorothy? This is her journal entry said to be the inspiration of the poem.

I never saw daffodils so beautiful they grew among the mossy stones about and about them, some rested their heads upon these stones as on a pillow for weariness and the rest tossed and reeled and danced and seemed as if they verily laughed with the wind that blew upon them over the lake, they looked so gay ever dancing ever changing.

(Narcissus - Double Fun)

One more interesting item in the early spring garden. No blooms yet but this hard working little foliage plant deserves some mention. Without a lot of notice it goes about its business of covering every inch of bare soil with soft, fuzzy silver leaves.

(Lamb's Ear Stachys Byzantina)