Spring Daffodils

As you all know, it was my daughter’s birthday party last Saturday and our living room was filled with the sound of teenage voices. Some of these girls have been friends with my daughter for many years and I have enjoyed seeing them grow up together. As they come each year to celebrate, I try to send them home each time with a little something different. “Loot bags” have contained items such as a picture book, a set of pens and crayons, costume jewellery, hair clips, and last year even a novel. I decided to go with something completely different this year – a pot of flowers.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Loot Bags ready to go. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

I went to the nursery and decided on mini daffodils. They looked bright and suggested the beauty of spring. It is still a little cold at the moment so I thought it would be a good idea to bring the warmth of the season into each young girl’s room.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Mini Daffodils. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The gifts were taken with smiles of pleasure. I did not, however, forget about my home. The few extra pots I had bought, I transferred into a bigger pot and put on my coffee table. We now have a little yellow brightness in our living room to enjoy each day.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014
Planted mini Daffodils. © Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

The sight of Daffodils always reminds me of Wordsworth’s poem, I wandered lonely as a Cloud, that I read when I was in high school: 

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 dancing Daffodils;
Along the Lake, beneath the trees,
Ten thousand dancing in the breeze.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Outdid the sparkling waves in glee: –
A poet could not but be gay
In such a laughing company:
I gaz’d – and gaz’d – but little thought
What wealth the shew to me had brought:

For oft when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude,
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the Daffodils.

 William Wordsworth Poems in Two Volumes: Moods of my Mind 7 (1807)

Unlike Wordsworth, I have never seen fields of daffodils. How beautiful it must be for him to have written a poem about it, or to even remember when relaxing on his couch.

Do you enjoy the sight of Daffodils?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2014

(This post was inspired by Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge prompt: flowers)

37 thoughts on “Spring Daffodils

  1. How could anyone not love daffodils? They are beautiful. I love Wordsworth’s poem too – always a favorite of mine.
    Great idea for party favors for your daughter’s friends.


  2. Oh Colline what a lovely longer lasting idea rather than ‘loot’ 🙂
    Isn’t it strange ..I can’t imagine never having seen a field of daffodils … but then again I’ve never seen some of those ‘ ice ‘ scenes you’ve shown us recently !


  3. This is a wonderful idea to give the girls. I also still remember the Wordsworth poem – one of my favorites too! Down my street is a drive way which have many daffodils in the field alongside the drive way. They have never taken out the bulbs during the 4 years I’ve been living here. I think this year will be a feast for the eye again.


  4. What a great idea for the gift bag! The flowers are so lovely, I also adore daffodils. Happy birthday to your daughter and greetings to you all from egypt!


  5. I LOVE you idea to give the daffodils to the girls and I’m sure they got great pleasure from them. What is it about a gift of flowers that’s so wonderful? My friends visited last weekend and brought me the most beautiful purple orchid. I’m working REALLY hard not to kill it too quickly 🙂


  6. I like seeing all of the Spring blooms, Colline, all the more so when we have a harsh Winter. My daffs are all in bloom now, despite the chill in the air. Bless them! 🙂


  7. Oh yes, I do. And finally after this very long winter ours bloomed this week. A pleasure to see. What a fabulous loot bag idea, Colline. Not surprising though – you – always coming up with great ideas!


    1. I wish others would follow suit as I am not too enamoured with my girls receiving candy and things that are eventually thrown into the garbage. I have noticed, though, that the birthday parties are less.


  8. Daffodils are a beautiful joyful flower.
    I have never read Wordsworths poem but it bought a memory back to me
    where once I too saw a field of Daffodils, and they certainly do gladden the heart.


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