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.
_Dorothy Wordsworth, The Grasmere Journal – Thursday 15 April 1802

Spring has arrived in Central California, and along with the dancing daffodils have come days and days of much needed rain. The drought seems to have broken, although the weather prognosticators are still grimly holding out dire predictions. It’s their job, don’t ya know.

At any rate our yard is smiling with flowers and we’re loving it. Today I’m sharing just a few with you, since they’re all standing tall right now. Rain tends to bend ’em over, but when the sun comes out they pop right back up. Nature’s attitude object lesson. 

There are flowers all along the front of the cottage; daffodils, jonquils and snowdrops.

And out in the vegetable beds the tiny narcissus are nodding their spring greetings too. These little faces are not much larger than the snowdrops. Gotta love ’em all.

It won’t be long before warm days, sans rain, will allow us to begin planting tomatoes and peppers. I’m also planning on adding more herbs this summer. So…while I’m thankful for the long winter days indoors (they’ve allowed me to put two new books online since Christmas) I’m really, really looking forward to getting back out in the garden.

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