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It's Daffodil Season in Southern Arkansas

Arkansas GirlRecently, when I went on my hometown (Hope, AR) newspaper website, I saw the beautiful spring flower, Jonquil. They are so similar to and remind me of the daffodil - my favorite flower.

By the way, you may have noticed that instead of a photo, my blog contains the daffodil. For some unknown reason, I just love flowers and daffodils in particular. I guess God knew I would, so each year, He sprinkled daffodil seeds all up and down the road in front of our house. The first time I saw those pretty, deep-yellow blossoms swaying in the early springtime breeze, I ran down the road for a closer inspection. Then, I picked every flower in my sight. It was my "early bird catches the worm deal." Now, I can't remember if there were other girls who picked road-side flowers, but I certainly did. I have always and still do love flowers perhaps more than anything.

After I had gathered my fresh-cut, sweet smelling bouquets of blooms, I hurried home to look for something to put them in.
Now, we poor, country folks had never heard of or seen a vase - at least, I hadn't. Our containers were crude versions of modern-day vases - old cans, fruit jars, buckets, and anything that would hold water for flowers. When I had stripped the ditches of their pretty flowers, I put them in whatever "holders" I found and set them across the long porch that ran the length of our house. I can still see it now. Bright rows of deep yellow trumpet daffodils. What a sight!
Since I got grown, I have not been to my hometown in springtime, but during this lovely season, in my heart I go there for my personal "Festival of the Daffodils."
 
As an afterthought, I never realized that other people (especially passersby) might enjoy the beauty of the roadside panorama, but in my childish mind, I only thought of myself and what I liked. Sorry neighbors if I deprived you of your "daffodil moments."
nebraska dave
3/19/2013 2:05:38 PM

Arkansas Girl, Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers as well. The are one of the first of the Spring flowers to brighten up the dreary days of Winter/Spring transition. When the Daffodils start poking up through the ground, I know that Spring is not far behind. Here in Nebraska, two snows have buried the Daffodil sprouts this Spring but they are undaunted and are still growing and are about three inches high as of yesterday. I don't cut mine but allow them to display their beauty from the flower bed. They last longer that way. However they are quite visible from my poor man's patio and I do enjoy them when the weather is warm enough to sip coffee and listen to nature wake up from the long winter slumber. Have a great Spring flower day.