A View from Sierra County

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I blog about rural living and social issues, and the creativity that comes from knitting, as well as post random pictures of the Sierras and my burros. "In order to be an artist, one must be deeply rooted in the society" - Simone de Beauvoir


Friday, February 17, 2006

D is for Daphne

My daphne bush is a great source of joy to us each early spring, as it blooms prolifically in February. If you are not familiar with this wonder of the botanical world, get to a garden center or botanical garden immediately, as one of the most heavenly fragrances on earth comes from this little shrub with the tiny, star-shaped rose-violet flowers. It is more intense than most blossoms, and one flower can scent the whole house.

The weather the past few days has once again turned cold, with the temperature dropping over 20 degrees in three days between Monday and Thursday, and light snowfall the past two days, unusual at this elevation. The valiant little bush has not suffered a bit, continuing to slowly unfurl its fragrant buds.

I had trouble last night with software and getting just one photo, in the right place, of my wonderful plant, but here it is!

When the days are mild enough, we open the doors to allow the fragrance to waft through the rooms, in need of a winter airing. This plant has moved from pot to ever-larger pot as it has slowly grown over the past six years, allowing us to move it into the deep shade during summer's Mediterranean heat, and out to a visible place where we can commune with it while in bloom. There is very little else visible when Daphne shows her colors, however that does not detract from her special glory. She is modest in size, her tiny blossoms tucked up amonst the leathery green leaves, but the flowers exude a certain vibrancy that has been sorely missed throughout fall and deep winter. A true harbinger of spring!


Blogger margene said...

She sounds wonderful! We have had the same weather conditions and the groud, trees and bushes are covered with more snow than we've had in three years. Daphne would be a joy to see and smell right now.

6:03 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Oh we have had snow like you wouldn't believe! The kids miss last week...we went to the playground everyday :-)

Now they want to go play in the snow, they all have colds so they are not to happy with me saying no. the poor things cough so much, I just don't want them to get cold and wet.

10:53 AM  
Blogger margene said...

It is a beautiful plant, just like you said.

12:53 PM  
Blogger Ann said...

Hello -- what a lovely, eclectic blog you have! Is the daphne a relative of the rhodedrendon (sp?)? Looks like one...Beautiful.

1:23 PM  
Blogger Lynette said...

I wonder how well Daphne would do closer to the valley. Our backyard could benefit from such a little beauty.

I rather envy your "light snow". It was always such a magical thrill as a kid to wake up to a feathery snowfall.

7:37 AM  
Blogger Anne said...

Ola! Thank you SO much for my gifts - you were an awesome secret pal. Now.... when are you coming to visit? :)

1:58 PM  
Blogger KnitNana said...

How pretty! Oh...a breath of spring, even tho' I know it's still a long way off...we too had a sudden drop in temps - snow yesterday and more forecast for tomorrow...just "flurries" that cause headaches - an inch or more that on the roads can be a problem!
I know...I wouldn't live where I couldn't have seasons, tho'

3:33 PM  

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