Wednesday, March 19, 2014

for the love of daffodils

Living in Oregon we get A LOT of rain and this time of year can often feel like the rain will never end! But amidst the clouds, the grey, the puddles, the flooding and the mud, the evidence of spring is beginning to emerge. 












The first sign of spring around these parts is always the daffodils! And though it is still raining, the hills, the pastures, the roadside flower stands are all filled with daffodils!


I've been buying up as many daffodils that I can (they are around $1.00 at the roadside stands) and using them with Lucy in our daily learning and creative activities like talking about the color yellow, learning about bulbs, drawing shapes, we even made flower crowns to welcome spring!  







How perfect that when the rain the and grey sky can't get more unbearable, we are blessed with something so bright and beautiful to kick off spring?!


Please note: Daffodils are actually poisonous, especially the bulbs (crazy right?) and when eaten can cause unpleasant stomach issues. I feel like I have to include this info for all the mamas out there. While daffodils are wonderful to enjoy, keep them out of babies and toddlers mouths!

27 comments:

Becca said...

Daffodils are my most favoritest flower in the world! Here in Idaho, I'm still waiting for them to make an appearance.

Becca

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akwiinas said...

Last year I bought more than 100 daffodils for my mum's birthday. It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen! :)

ann @ studiohyde said...

If you put some ink in the daffodil water they draw up the colour into the petals...fun for kids to see :-)

Hogwartography said...

Alisa, I am always so taken by just how gorgeous little Lucy is. Doesn't matter what you put on her or put her in she always seems so wonderfully obliging and so fabulously photogenic.
As a mother of a daughter and an auntie to three girls perhaps I'm a little susceptable to their charms.
Thanks for these lovely pics. Sue

Anne said...

Lucy's eyes are amazing, so dark and wide open on Beauty of all sorts. Wish you all the happyness your family deserves.

dawn said...

I love this!! Wish we had flower stands like this in our town. Awesome that Lucy is watching you sketch the flowers and she can do it too!!!!
She is beautiful, those gorgeous eyes!

Meg said...

Roadside flower stands?! How awesome! We sometimes have old farmers sitting on the backs of their trucks selling veggies... but flowers... so pretty!

Julie Arthur said...

Can you share how to make the flower crown???

curlygirlpress said...

I adore daffodils! Best flower ever to brighten a day, especially an overflowing handful. = )

studioGypsy said...

yes! and just beautiful.. xo

patty a. said...

You and Lucy look like you had a lot of fun with the daffodil theme activities! Love the crown of flowers on her head! Too cute! The daffodils are only about 4" tall here in northeast Ohio. I have a bunch coming up in the planting beds and I am looking forward to seeing them show me their yellow! This is a plant the deer won't eat so they are thriving. The tulips and crocus are deer food so I don't have any more of them in the spring.

Corina said...

I love the pictures with Lucy. In the last one she is absolutely amazing. One of the most expressive kids I have seen.

Jeannie said...

The daffs on the south side of the house are opening and my heart just gets lighter with each one. My favorite spring memory living in Seattle was to go the the Puyallup Valley for daffodils. You could get them for 50-75 cents a dozen. I would load up my arms and fill an old crockware vase with their sunny faces. Truly the best cure for cabin fever and gray days. Lucy just gets more beautiful with each photo.

Tessa said...

How fun! I love the last picture. Priceless. Thanks for the heads up on daffodils being poisonous. It's something you wouldn't even think of, really. When we went to Hawaii, we were told about the plumerias being poisonous (after our then 6 month old, now 4 1/2 year old, was chewing on a lei!)

maeve said...

What beautiful, sunny photos! All those daffodils plus your creativity and that of Lucy just makes me smile. Lucy has such expressive, innocent, huge, gorgeous eyes! Thank you for sharing her with us.

belleAugusta said...

How beautiful! Here in Germany we have no roadside flower stands but flower fields, where you can cut the flowers fresh by your own. These look gorgeous while blooming :0)

Virginia said...

Absolutely beautiful Alisa - loving the drawings

Patricia Schwab said...

Love the picture of Lucy with the flower crown. Spring please come soon, I miss you!

DarVik said...

Добрый день! Как же мне нравится Ваш блог :-) Такой заряд позитива получаю от просмотра...просто потрясающий :-) Спасибо за это!!!

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Debra Carr said...

Oh wow what amazing photographs, daffodils never looked more inspiring !

Unknown said...

So cheerful! Beautiful photos with Lucy! We adopting a daughter from another country so maybe I can make daffodil crowns with her someday. How fun!

Jan said...

Oh My!!! Lucy is SOOOOOOOOOOO beautiful! (of course, so is her mom!

fiore-design said...

Beautiful
mooie foto's

Giggles said...

Such a beautiful post! Love the crowns of color and the gorgeous faces that pop of this page!! I can't even tell you have sweet it is to watch Lucy grow up before our eyes! Thanks for lovingly sharing your sweet family! It puts a lot of joy in the world!

Hugs Giggles

Annasofia said...

The two last pictures should be framed on your wall! Amazing how she sits still when you photograph her, I can never get my son to do that...

Serena Lewis said...

Daffodils have been my favourite flower since childhood. They just make me happy. Such a delightful post, Alisa!

Those last two photos of Lucy in her crown and with you are gorgeous!

Btw, thanks for the warning. I know of some flowers being poisonous but I had no clue that daffodils were one of them.

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