Raininess and grayness have been this springs consistent theme.
Gray day ferry arrival.
The spring warm-up has been “backwards”, as in “slow”, but we have been without sharp swings of temperature, which is a kindness to waking plants. Daffodils and narcissus have been happy.
Pink split-cup narcissus. Royal Horticultural Society Division Number Eleven: Split-Cup, or Split-Corona Narcissi have cups that are split into multiple sections that are at least one third, but usually are at least one half, of the length of its petals (perianth). They generally fall in to one of three groups defined by form: Collar, Papillon (Butterfly) or combination types. Collar-types have cup segments opposite the petal segments, usually in two whorls of three. Papillon-types has cup segments that alternate with the petal segments in a single whorl of six. Combination-types can exhibit wildly sectioned, variably filled flowers. They may have frilly, ruffled, flat and overlapping, or whorled petal segments. (Info from Van Engelen Bulb Company)
The coolness and lack of sun mean that blooms are lasting longer than usual.
Beauty and fragrance on a kitchen windowsill.
That kitchen bouquet?
It took a ride on the ferry.
Anemones are among my favorite flowers.
When it’s too cool or too wet, they can be shy to open.
If the rain passes and the temperature warms just a little bit…
They open right up.