Thursday, May 03, 2007

The Narcissus is also a Flower





















CARAVAGGIO
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake,
beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. (scented)ROSEWORTHY!


Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
MICHAEL DAVIS
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed---and gazed---but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

--William Wordsworth, published Spring, 1807

...and now for the urban delight of cultivars....

BEERSHEBA (1923)
New Yorkers for Parks, The Daffodil Project

American Daffodil Society

geocities Daffodil Garden

Char's Daffodil Ridge

Narcissus of mythology

bluestone perennials

Heirloom Daffodils







JOHN WILLIAM WATER-
HOUSE









SALOME
















RIP VAN WINKle (1884)














ACTAEA



DUTCHMASTER
















DELIBES















MOUNT HOOD













CAMELOT

















AUDUBON










SUNDISC















all these still abloom at The Secret Garden in The Conservatory Garden at 105th Street!

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