All the furniture came out of the shepherd's hut, except for the built in sofa which folds down as a bed and everything was laid out on the grass. I swept the hut out, wiped down all the woodwork and cleaned the windows. Then back it all went.
Rugs were beaten, curtains shaken out, and the woodburning stove cleaned out.
Today I painted the door and tomorrow I will rub down and paint the windowframes, as long as it is dry. I have a yen to change the cushions and the rug and to move from a palette of soft creams, pinks and greens to something in blue and yellow. It must be spring!
As a break from cleaning and weeding I wandered around looking at the daffodils and seeing what is out.
The first daffodils to come out up here are the Welsh daffodil, known as the Tenby or narcissus obvallaris. These are a small, upright daffodil with neat, slightly glaucous foliage. we have hundreds of these, spreading around the trees in the little orchard. I know that I planted five hundred bulbs and I am pretty sure they are spreading of their own accord these days.
Following close on the heels of the Tenby daffodil is February Gold. I love the slightly swept back shape of the flower. These crowd behind the swing in the field. As time goes on they will be joined by Thalia, a creamy white daffodil, and Sweetness, a jonquil type with a delicious sweet scent.
I have recently started to grow narcissus pseudonarcissus. This is the British native daffodil, the dancing daffodil of the Wordsworth poem. It is a graceful, delicate little daffodil, less sturdy than the Tenby. So far these have not begun to settle and spread for me but I hope they do.
These are one of my favourites, Telamonius Plenus, an old double daffodil which has grown in cottage gardens since the early seventeenth century. Later there will be narcissus poeticus, Pheasant's Eye.
This is an image from the RHS. It will be a few weeks before mine are in flower. I love how different the later flowering daffodils are from the early ones: pale rather than bright and with an open face rather than the hanging head or swept back petals of the earlier ones that I grow.
So for now it is daffodil time up here. Even though there are so many I find myself visualising even more. I think maybe there should be more up by the shepherd's hut....