After long days of darkness and cold rainy weather there cannot be a more welcoming sight than daffodils. Bravely breaking through the surface of the soil and adding a lovely yellow glow to gardens when they bloom, heralding the start of more daylight and warmer weather.
Alternatively, or if you don’t have a garden, supermarkets have them lined up, unopened in bunches on the shelves. Just purchase, pop them in a vase and wait for them to bloom – they brighten up any room. What is nice about Spring flowers is that they are so seasonal and you only see them for a short time, unlike roses and lilies which seem to be available in shops at any time of the year.
My other favourites are hyacinths. Sadly these don’t last long but they certainly pack a punch fragrance wise and can fill your home with their beautiful scent for a couple of weeks or so.
When I was a child my mother spent hours one Autumn planting daffodil bulbs all over the garden and was rewarded each Spring when they popped up, covering the garden in a golden carpet of sunny faces.
Daffodils are really easy to grow in a colder climate. Buy a bag of good large bulbs making sure they are not dried out and plant in a fairly open and sunny spot in the Autumn, before the Winter frost. Come Spring they will pop up and you will be rewarded with your own golden glow each year.