Daffodils, Magnolias, and…


This is daffodil season here in northern Illinois.  They are blooming prolifically alongside the roadways and in gardens.  Last week, on the way home from picking up my daughter, I took a little detour to see if this roadside garden of daffodils was blooming.  It was!  Isn’t it gorgeous!  I snapped a few pictures to show you this glorious garden of daffodils.

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I thought there was only one variety blooming here (basic yellow), but on closer inspection saw tiny daffodils and cream/yellow varieties as well.

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This was my very own little clump of daffodils ten days ago.  Ugh, snow!  Luckily, the snow didn’t kill my daffodils; they are fine and still blooming.

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We are starting our second week of springlike weather.  So happy, happy, happy!  It is finally spring and oh, so wonderful outside.  These are my daffodils today.

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Truthfully, I think they liked getting snowed upon.  They are still doing great ten days later.

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The magnolia bushes didn’t like the cold snap much, but luckily they were just starting to bloom, so we didn’t lose many blossoms.

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And, here is a photo from about a month ago that has nothing to do with daffodils or magnolias, sorry, but I wanted to share it anyway.  When I was with my mom in January she gave me this puzzle.  She saw it at the store and thought of me as it depicted many of my favorite things.  Even though I am busy making things for our dolls, I finally had to put it together.  It is the last (material) gift she gave me.  Thank you, Mom!

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I hope you all are having a great start to this new week.  I know some of you had snow over the weekend, sorry about that.  I hope it melts in a flash, so spring can come back… and stay!

Bye for now!

10 thoughts on “Daffodils, Magnolias, and…

  1. Catherine

    Thank you very much for your beautiful photos! I love flowers!
    Here, daffodils are faded, but my tulips are in full bloom, my garden is colourful!
    Yesterday, I watched a documentary on Illinois, it was very interesting and I thought of you!
    I love your puzzle, it’s a nice memory of your dear mother.
    Have a good week!
    Today it’s raining and it’s quite cold.
    Friendly yours,

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Catherine,
      I am so happy you enjoyed my photos. Sorry I only had two kinds to show you; that is all that is blooming right now. I only have a few tulip leaves coming up this year; I will be surprised if I get even one bloom. How interesting that you watched a documentary about my state. Outside of spending a few months in Florida this is really the only state that I’ve lived in; I guess I’m not very adventurous. It clouded up yesterday afternoon and is cloudy again this morning. 😦 Hope your weather has improved.

  2. Joy

    The sea of daffodils is a delight. We have a few of the tiny ones which I love. And also some in a cream color with a pale peachy center. Come fall, I’m going to scout out some others to plant. They were so pretty some weeks back for us. Your magnolias are beautiful. Hope they last for awhile. The puzzle from your mom is so special. All the neat little goodies to view. I spotted a tomato pin cushion! I have a similar Singer, never used by me. Just fun to look at and remember pushing the treadle on my grandmother’s machine. I wonder what happened to hers? I have her sewing cabinet though. Still has some of her craft projects inside. 🙂

    1. Joy

      Forgot to add, Penny’s new blue Monchhichi shoes arrived. Very pretty. Looks like they will probably be better without socks, but then I have to wait very impatiently for her to arrive to give them a try.

      1. Cindy Rice Post author

        I hope your Penny arrives soon, very soon! She’s so cute and fun. I’ve finished knitting her a bamboo dress that I now have to embroider. After Patsy’s ensemble is finished that is. Have a great day, Joy. Where did you order the Monchhichi shoes from?

    2. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Joy,
      I love daffodils! Years ago I remember seeing a mix in one of the catalogs–lots and lots of varieties, so pretty. Our magnolias have a very short “shelf life”, usually gets too warm for them. I am trying to get my fill of them while they are here. 🙂 So great that you have some of your grandmother’s sewing projects. You probably feel so close to her when you look at them.

  3. Jeanne

    Hi Cindy,
    I picked up that same puzzle at Walmart and had it in my cart… I loved it, but decided to put it back because I thought it would take up too much of my time. I decided later I wanted it anyway and it was gone. It is such an adorable picture. How sweet that your mom gave it to you. I bet there were some tears shed as you worked it…

    You pictures are just beautiful… I’m so glad all your snow is gone now! I bet you are too!
    Blessings, Jeanne

    1. Cindy Rice Post author

      Hi Jeanne,
      For me, puzzles are like potato chips; I cannot do just one. After finishing this one I pulled out a 500 piece puzzle that I had first done when visiting my parents in 2014. It only took a few hours, so no huge amount of guilt. I usually only allow myself to work on them at Christmastime when it’s a family activity. These two were filled with memories though, so okay to put together and (waste) spend valuable time on. (ha ha, really?) They are quite addicting…
      It is a bit chilly this morning and cloudy. 😦 I hope it is still nice down south. Yes, I was gone when you left your comment.

  4. Phyllis Johnston

    Hi Cindy, what gorgeous flowers! I love the springtime but living in Arizona now I sure miss the coming of spring and all the flowers that bud and bloom! So thank you for the pictures! What a sweet sentimental gift from your mom – it must bring you some comfort! I hope you will put it in a frame and hang it in your sewing room! A constant reminder of her love for you! Enjoy the beautiful springtime!


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