Saturday, March 17, 2012

Tete-a-Tete

These miniature daffodils are called Tete-a-Tete. They are the second flower of spring to bloom in my yard. (Purple crocus are the first.)
Whenever they poke their yellow heads through the soil I have a little tete-a-tete with my dad. It is all in my memory, of course, since he has been gone for over five years.

He was an avid gardener and enjoyed the beauty of a well-manicured yard. He gave me some bulbs (soon after he discovered the variety) and encouraged me to plant them. I did. I had the perfect place--the earthy square beneath my mailbox. They bloomed the next spring and made me happy.

For several springs I saw them bloom, and then we moved. . . only two streets away. But, it was winter. I could no longer claim those tiny springtime blossoms as my own.

I drove by our old house today and saw that they had grown into thick sunshiny clumps. Still welcoming spring with their petite faces.
A couple years ago my mom decided it was time to do some dividing, and I was the welcome recipient of a new crop of these miniature daffodils for my current home. They are offspring of the original bulbs my father bought. I love them. They make me happy.

Funny how a simple thing can stir my remembrance, reflect my mind heavenward, and still make me smile.

Happy Spring!

 

23 comments:

rainfield61 said...

Is it spring now?

What a wonderful world it is.

2busy said...

Those flowers are lovely. In a round about way, it is a piece of your dad.

ruthie said...

Aren't daffodils the happiest flower? I love seeing them come up in the spring, when everything is still gray and boring. Thanks for the previous post on what to do with all those plastic thingies. I have tons of them and haven't pulled them out for years. Now my granddaughter can try something new!

Sue said...

What a neat remembrance of your dad. And I love those petite daffodils!

=)

Mona's Picturesque said...

Oh my, nature flowers! I so envy you and your spring :) We have snow snow snow in Finland (blaah)! Have a wonderful sunday.

Janice said...

Lovely photos and memories. Here from The Simple Things. Happy Sunday!

Gerty Mitchell said...

They are beautiful and the memory behind those gorgeous yellow head are just as lovely. I quite like this link up party for this very reason---it talks about the necessary, the often small, over-looked, but meaningful things that remind you that life is good (and the One who gave it makes is prettier). Thanks for the lovely comment on my post. It was encouraging :)

hennymats said...

What a beautiful story. We have the same ones in our yard, but they're not out yet. I love miniature daffodils!

Visiting from the simple things. Happy Sunday!

Cheryl said...

I love that you have conversations with your dad, too. What a lovely way to keep his spirit alive in your garden. (Glad your mom decided it was time to divide hers.)

Nancy Claeys said...

A lovely memory and beautiful captures of these cute flowers.

Thanks so much for sharing at Your Sunday Best this week, Julie. :)

Simple Daisy said...

Love your spring flowers!!! So pretty:):)

Susan R said...

We have a lot coming up, but the only flower we have (yes, just one) is a lone daffodil. I love them. You can't help but feel good when you see daffodils.

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Lovely photo.

Regards and best wishes

Marvett Smith said...

Gorgeous images. I just love spring flowers. I think it's awesome that you have this memory of your dad. How beautiful that you remember him every time you see these growing. I'm sure it brings a smile to your face every time.

Life is good! said...

those are my all time favorite flower. not just beautiful but a sign that we made it through another crazy winter. love the memories that bloom with them each year!

Cherie said...

Julie beautiful thoughts of your dad.
Beautiful flowers too. They are so happy and sunshiny yellow, popping up before winter is through with all of us.
I'm glad you were able to get some more from the original source - all the more special.

Kazzy said...

Early spring flowers are the best! So pretty!

Deila Taylor said...

Oh, I know how you feel about inherited plants! I'm glad you saw them springing up, maybe you could a few of those bulbs when its dividing time -- funny little memories of your dad, but sweet.

Joy For Your Journey said...

What a sweet post! I love daffodils. And how fun for you to have something so bright and cheery to remind you of your dad.

Mom to Many said...

Your bulbs make me think of the birthday tulips we left behind many years ago. The tulips bloomed every year on my mother's birthday. Many years went by and our old neighbor told me the new homeowner was redoing and dug them up. She was the proud recipient of the bulbs. So, they live on now in her garden. Funny how we get attached to those memories. :o)

All Our Fun said...

ARGH!!! All these people posting photos of their beautiful daffodils! LOVIN' IT! I'm so gonna go buy some today! (Is it too late?) You photos are fantastic!

Garden of Egan said...

That is so cool!
I love them.
A hope for Spring.
That is great that you got some of the "offspring" makes them even prettier!

Wendys Hat said...

LOVE this! beautiful pictures too!