4/28/2010

daffydowndillies



I have been reading an old gardening book which refers to daffodils as daffydowndillies, isn't that a lovely name?
Our daffodils have more or less gone past their best; they have been so much later this year than last thanks to our very prolonged winter. We have a few in flower at the moment but I don’t think they will last much into next week. The painting here will be an Easter card to be published next year in the UK, actually I finished it last year and had the luxury of painting it from life which is always preferable to working out of season.

The weather has been truly wonderful here and we have been taking photographs of wild flowers in order to have lots of reference material on which to draw. Our usual walking place is now scattered with cowslips, primroses and wood anemones. Baby rabbits have been keeping Ted on his toes, fortunately he is hopeless at catching them, in fact I think he enjoys hunting for sticks! We have noticed a few rabbits with what looks like Myxomatosis, something I thought had died out years ago, it is quite heartbreaking to see them limping about by the wayside.





I have started to work on a new book project, which is a bit daunting; I hope to share more news of this soon, and in the meantime I hope to catch up with reading your blogs.

24 comments:

  1. How I do love to see pictures of Ted!!
    Carrying his stick.

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  2. You look to be having a lovely walk with Ted there, Valerie. Love your daffydowndillies - wish I could draw like that.

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  3. Lovely daffydowndillies!
    It's nice to see everything finally greening... Our cats brought in two live baby rabbits already this week, luckily not badly hurt so I could pop them in a basket and take them back to the field...
    I don't believe I have commented before, but I have enjoyed your blog and your art for quite a while (just been a bit shy!)
    Best wishes
    Carrie...

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  4. Oh this is a real treat. First bluebells and primroses on Jill's blog, now daffydowndillies and cowslips on yours, Val. I love your card illustration of the different varieties of daffodils, so pretty. Lesley

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  5. i so admire your artwork! it's such a gift. steven

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  6. Interesting to peruse the old gardening books. I sometimes wonder how our perennials have changed with the new hybrids. Also your walk in that countryside looks delightful.

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  7. I love wild daffodils and the name daffydowndillies suits them so well as it makes me think of frills for some reason.
    Your book sounds very exciting! xx

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  8. Hello Valerie. Our daffydowndillies are about gone for 2010 over here too. I did see a few in Central Park yesterday, in a shady patch. It's strange to see them blooming at the same time as tulips!

    The picture with Ted and his stick and that lovely winding path makes me long for a long walk down that path. I'd be happy to toss that stick for Ted to retrieve again and again.

    Bests wishes on the new book. Of course, I am very curious to know more.

    xo

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  9. Lovely. Daffydowndillies is an old word first recorded in 1573 and associated with the Mother Goose tales.

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  10. "Daffydowndilly has come into town, in a yellow petticoat and a green gown"...Haven't thought of that rhyme in ages, hehe...

    Your daffydowndillies are just stunning!

    ~ Carolee

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  11. Put me down for a pack of those! The illustration is just so accurate. I know as my Dad has those very same daffydowndillies in his garden. It's a shame the daffodils were so late this year, as this unusual spell of hot weather has done them no favours. x

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  12. Lovely daffydowndillies! Ted obviously loves that walk. The cowslips remind me of my childhood walks in the fields and woods near home - good luck with your new book project:)

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  13. Lovely daffy painting Val. I have just bought a shop bunch but they will probably be the last I get. They have brightened up my rooms beautifully. I have seen some rabbits with myxomatosis. I wonder if it has been reintroduced or has come back naturally.

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  14. Just popping in to say well done on the book news! (Sorry I've not been around much, I am somewhat daunted myself at present with similar things).

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  15. Ah, bless Ted, he looks so happy!Thank you for the pictures! We have just come back from a lovely week in S Warks and the countryside has been awash with bluebells, primroses and cowslips - bliss.

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  16. Amazing work! They look like they come from a botanical book!!

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  17. Happy Flower Garland's Day!

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  18. I remember my mom reading me a nursery about "daffy down dilly" when I was a kid. There was an illustration of a daffodil next to it, and I remember thinking that daffydowndilly was a much more interesting name for the flower. I thought it was just a fancy name for the flower created for the rhyme, but it sounds like people actually used to call them that. How neat!

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  19. what a lovely drawing, such pretty flowers!

    Sorry to hear about myxamotosis, we see it sometimes and my partner has even had to kill a bunny he found that had myxy, to put it out of its misery, not easy for a bunny lover to do...

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  20. Your view of Ted running up the path to the woods makes me want to jump on a plane and come visit English country lanes.
    Your daffodils are beautiful. (Perhaps there will be cards on Etsy too?) I wonder how many people are familiar with DaffyDownDillies? There is an old Brownies/Guides song about them.
    Looking forward to hearing more about the book.

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  21. Hello Valerie, I always love seeing your countryside. Lovely. Your daffydownillies drawing are beautiful. I look forward to hearing more about your new book. Hugs Judy

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  22. I love this photo! You live in such a beautiful, peaceful place! i adore the daffydownlillies too!

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  23. Every time I visit your blog and see a new piece of art my breath always catches. So beautiful.

    Love your walking path. I'm green with envy!

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  24. Daffydowndillies - I remember calling them that as a child. I've not read any blogs for weeks so have a lot to catch up on, but yours is always a favourite. We are into autumn, leaves are falling, though sadly here on the coast they don't colour much. I'm planting bulbs as hard as I can go and trying to keep the chooks from unplanting them. Lucky for them I love them.

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