It’s officially spring

…because the paper-white narcissi are in bloom! I took this photo along a dirt roadside today.

paper white narcissus

These flowers (Narcissus papyraceus) are one of my favorites, first because they’re such early bloomers, and second because they’re so easily overlooked. The white irises are also blooming along roadsides now, and being so much larger and more showy, they’re the flowers everybody notices. But the paper-whites are small and don’t demand attention — that is, until you stick your nose in one. Then it grabs you by the collar and pulls you in. It’s not really a nice flower smell, but it’s a memorable one, and I’m probably a bit weird in liking it so much.

Spring is here! And the almond trees are bursting into bloom, too.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to It’s officially spring

  1. Lisa Shaw says:

    Envious! We’re still buried under snow here, although it is melting today. That’s a lovely photo, and the flower’s pretty, too. 😉

  2. xenatuba says:

    Nothing here yet, either. I even went and looked where I know the daffodils/crocus live…not even a green start. Sigh. Thanks for the photo!

    • Lisa Shaw says:

      I was in Eugene less than two weeks ago and saw both rhodies and camellia blooming!

      • xenatuba says:

        Guess I’ll have to drive around some. I have only been home, and at my friend’s place at a lower elevation. No rhodies or camellias yet, but you give me hope!

        • Lisa Shaw says:

          Saw the camellia on the patio at the Hideaway Bakery behind Mazzi’s, which, if you haven’t tried, you MUST. Fabulous pastry!!!! The rhodies were near the bike path along the river in Springfield. And it seems like some of the little trees around Oregon Hall bloom this time of year (although I’ve been gone so long, they’re probably all huge now).

  3. Jorge says:

    Tsc tsc tsc…

    Speaking of spring at the height of winter…

    Tsc tsc tsc…

  4. Cathy White says:

    First snowdrops about to flower here, just in time for the start of winter temps.

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