God Save the Copper Queen (and my dog!)
This queen had me waiting for quite a long time now and finally decided to open her beautiful flowers under the rain. As I’ve already wrote in a previous post, when I placed my spring bulb order I mainly chose amongst the cheapest varieties. I had no narcissus in this new garden and as it is rather large I needed a big quantity. Copper Queen is the one I’ve spent more for but I really fell in love with it!
It grows amongst euphorbia lathyris (which self-sows almost everywhere in the garden), this narcissus is rather tall, nicely scented and with this intense copper shade on it. It is eventually a late bloomer and this is a shame as a long drought spell just ended and now it’s been raining since Easter. Good for my roses and the garden though. I hope God will spare some of these beautiful flowers for a sunny day to take a good pic but apparently He/She doesn’t bother about my little queens.
Anyway God already helped us a lot lately: Mina was diagnosed breast cancer last tuesday, I realized she had a small knot under the skin near one of her nipples (now: I am talking very seriously, so I don’t need any of you questioning on why I was touching Mina’s nipples!) on top of that she injured one of her eyes the day before Easter, apparently it was just a light scratch on the pupil, so we decided to get her to the vet asap. He said we don’t need to bother about the eye and ordered some drops but he needed to remove as soon as possible all the nipple and part of the flesh around. Saturday she had the surgery, all went very well, the cancer was still small even though it grew very quickly. Yesterday morning she was running in the garden with her rubber ball already. I’m glad everything went well and hope this is the first and last time we had to deal with this terrible thing. Now Mina promised me she gives up smoking.
Rudy always stood close to her, even though he was a little jealous of all the attentions we had for Mina.
Well this was the biggest disgrace we experienced last week, although it wasn’t the only: I had my parents over since thursday. They came along with one of my dad’s cousins and their two dogs: Pepe (Rudy’s dad/Mina’s ex husband) and Book (Rudy’s brother/Mina’s son). The house was crowded with yelling people, food, chairs, beds and dogs. I nearly got insane! They came for a really good reason though: I had all the wooden flooring done by my dad and his cousin (Mum was there to provide them with 24h food and coffee), so now the first floor main and guest bedrooms are done and the corridor as well. They missed the other room but they promised (menaced) to come back soon and finish the job. Last time I’ve heard these words they left me with half the shutters to mount and they’re still there (the shutters). Well I can’t complain, they work for free.
Meanwhile I’ve been doing the night shift to have the walls painted on time but I didn’t make it. I still need to finish the ceilings and to give the second
hand coat of paint. The floors look rather good though. I finished the little bathroom upstairs by the way, which looks good too. Soon we’re going to take hold of the whole house again.
But I was talking about narcissus again here… So I’d like to show you other two rather late bloomers:
N. Hillstar has this white shade at the base of the crown, otherwise it’s completely lemon yellow, I think it’s brilliant near those white muscaris, I planted them nearly randomly, to be honest.
N. Bellsong has a nearly pink crown and an overall ghostly consistence but maybe it’s because it’s been under endless rain for more than a week now… I like it though.