Signs of Spring

It’s September, so it must be Spring, but at this altitude we are often some weeks behind in flowering times.

I shudder to think what the wallabies will do to the tender green buds of trees like this birch, but at least they can't reach to the top.

I love the way bulbs have naturalised and thickened into clumps over the years — and I love that wallabies don’t find them tasty.

The winter snowflakes and the jonquils of several varieties, both white and yellow, look perfectly at home around such deciduous trees.

The abundant yellow jonquils like these above may look like mini daffodils but they lack the stateliness as well as the size.

My daffodils only bloom with Spring here, so for me they are the true harbinger. And they have arrived!

Only trouble is, if Spring is here, can snakes be far behind?

4 thoughts on “Signs of Spring”

  1. Hi Denis,
    Thank you so much for that info about those yellow jonquils, which have been naturalised here for about 30 years.

  2. Hi Sharyn
    Just out of interest, your middle shot of the Jonquils are of an unusual type. That variety was one of my father’s favourites, and I identified it at one stage as Narcissus juncifolius – the “Rush-leaved Narcissus”.
    Note the tall, thin leaves and their dark green colour. Most of the other Jonquil varieties have greyish-green leaves.

    Your plants are an old variety, actually a true species, unlike most of the modern varieties and hybrid “Daffodils” or “Jonquils”.
    Happy Spring time.

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