These were early flowers from April 20:
That pristine white set off by a peachy-pink that sometimes seems lit up from within is so sweet it almost makes my teeth hurt. Besides being almost too pretty, this narcissus is called "Fragrant Rose" for a reason; the scent, while not identical to that of old roses, wafts a good distance, making spring cleanup chores less of a chore.
Like most pink daffodils, Fragrant Rose does best away from strong afternoon sun, but this predilection for partial shade may be why the flowers last so long. Besides, tucking bulbs in among shrubs gives lots of opportunity for unexpected garden vignettes, like this one next to our very ordinary driveway.
Narcissus, wild geranium, and sweet violet--is there such a thing as too much spring?