Because the macro shots are still in my head, I decided to take a few more and to stick with the yellow theme. I really like yellow in the garden, so it wasn't hard finding some examples of buttery beauty!
First is this jonquil daffodil (Narcissus sp.) that came from a mixed bulb bunch from McClure and Zimmerman. The fragrance is amazing! I never knew how awesome daffodils can smell till I got this one!
Next up is a stalk of bulbine (Bulbine frutescens) blooms. It really doesn't make for a good close-up, and personally I think these blooms only look good en masse and from a distance. However, it was fun to get a good gander at the funny fuzzy centers. They remind me of moth antennae, and while reading a post at Great Stems, I learned that male moths have fuzzy antennae which is how you know they're male! Or something. I'm awful with insect information.
One reason I have bulbine blooms so early in the year is that the winter was extraordinarily mild, which also helps explain how I have buckets of African Bush Daisy (Euryops chrysanthemoides) although I'm only showing one bloom today. None of these plants suffered any damage at all which was very shocking. I thought they might have sustained SOMETHING, not to complain, but it's just weird.
For dessert, I offer Chocolate Flower (Berlandiera lyrata). This is a very recent purchase, but I am VERY excited about how chocolatey the blooms smell! Divine! And I was surprised to learn that this is native to Texas. I had heard about this plant years ago on a "Gardening by the Yard" episode that featured a chocolate-themed garden. Isn't that such a neat idea? I bet you could have a vanilla-themed garden as well and perhaps a strawberry-themed garden and make a Neapolitan garden!
I can't wait for the sunflowers to start burstin' out for some more yellow-y goodness!