732. Poor dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprises! ~Wallace Stevens

Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise; whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy, it will open a new place in our hearts… ~Henri Nouwen


Some time back in March, I was standing in line at Lowe’s to check out when I looked over and saw a small packet of Peruvian Daffodil bulbs. Since I’d seen photos of these flowers before, I knew they were amazingly beautiful and was tempted to give them a try. However, never having had much luck with yellow daffodils, I wasn’t sure they would do any better with these especially as late as I was going to get them in the ground. But then I thought, as I often do these days, what the heck and bought them anyway. When I got home I had some Dahlias I was going try in pots and so I threw the Peruvian Daffodils in a pot too and set all 5 pots in places around the yard. After a couple of weeks, foliage began to appear. However, by that time it seems, I’d forgotten what was in that fifth pot. And then last week long stalks holding the blooms shot up from the strappy foliage, which I’d already been intrigued about making me even more curious about what in the world was growing in that pot. Curiouser and curiouser I grew, until…the lengthy “brain burp” ended, a vague memory of the incident at Lowe’s surfaced, and a bloom finally opened up. Oh, how I love surprises!!! And none better than exquisitely gorgeous ones in the garden! But now the surprise is raising conundrums.  For example, I’m wondering if they’ll make it in the pot through the long hot summer and on into autumn and winter? Or should I put them in the ground when they’re finished blooming? And if I do that, will they make it in the ground during summer, autumn, and winter? Or should I take the bulbs out of the pot when they’ve finished blooming, let them dry, and store them until next year when I can repot them? My oh my oh my, perhaps it’s time to look for the yellow brick road so I can go ask the Wizard of Oz or follow the white rabbit down the hole, like Alice did, and see if he has any answers or check to see if Einstein had any ideas about such things or should I just ask the Holy One whose hands made all there is? That’s it! That’s always a good idea, just like Paris is! Oh yes, my friends, our trip to Paris is getting closer and closer!

PS.  The little bug on one of the yellow anthers seems to like the surprise too!

He(God) will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy. ~Job 8:21    ✝

30 thoughts on “732. Poor dear, silly Spring, preparing her annual surprises! ~Wallace Stevens

    • Thanks, Andy. They are a beautiful addition and it was so comical that I couldn’t remember what I put in that pot at first. It wasn’t too long after my surgery, and I was still taking heavy pain meds. Maybe that’s why?
      Who knows? I pray all is well with you. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤


  1. Fun post Natalie. I’m glad you can surprise yourself by forgetting what you plant. I do that with my vegetables that I sprinkle seeds around and then don’t know what is what! Paris sounds great. I hope you will be sharing photos and details from your trip. 🙂

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  2. As with you and the surprise, I had a nice one today. Went out to check on the roses and clematis and found several cosmos seedlings coming up. I had forgotten that last year when the few that grew I had flung the seeds into all the beds. Now just hope all our rains don’t drown them out.

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    • I got it, I got it, I got my mail surprise today, missy!!! Thank you so much. I shall be perusing it as we prepare for our trip. I adore a good surprise and the flower was one today and your gift was the other. Doesn’t get any better than that, two surprises on the same day. Love you, N 🙂 ❤


  3. I enjoyed your stream of consciousness here, Natalie. You gave this bulb a chance to flower. Who knows what would have happened if you had not said,
    What the heck, in Lowes. It reminds me of when I save poinsettias after Christmas and plant them in the ground in spring. They might make it, and they might not, but I give them a chance, because I hate to see people throw them away. One spring, I said, what is that red thing out there? It was a poinsettia I had planted a whole year ago who’s roots survived the NC winter.

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  4. I’ve never seen that daffodil. It’s a real beauty.
    Bulbs need to photosynthesize as long as they can to build up enough strength to bloom again the following year, so if you have a spot where other daffodils do well I’d pick the same type of spot for this one. In Texas I’d guess morning sun would be best, and afternoon sun maybe too hot. I’d also plant it in the ground and keep it well watered. I don’t think drying out would do it any good.
    I hope this helps.

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    • Yes, Staci, for the 2nd time in two years, I’m going to my favorite city on the planet. This is our second trip over the big pond and probably our last. James and I will be by ourselves in Paris for 7 days and then we meet up with our daughter and her family will have been in Italy while we were in Paris, and all together we’re going on a 5 day river cruise. I’m so excited. I do hope you ca make it to Paris sometime. James and I both think it’s a fabulous city. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤

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