Day 12: Anticipation
I have been watching this flower for over a week now with growing excitement. According to the label it is Narcissus fernandesii grown from seed planted in 2014. Each day I monitored its progress, watching as the perianth elongated and slowly started to open. Yesterday I could see the anthers and the style. This morning I went into the garden with the camera.
Predictably it was growing in a corner of the bulb frame where I could not use a tripod. I became so totally involved in trying to take a photograph without flattening the snowdrops, that I did not become aware that there was something a little strange about this Narcissus. Then I looked at the photographs, reached for the reference books and tried not to look too foolish.
It is not N. fernandessii after all, it is N. bulbocodium. Anticipation is everything, but you don’t always get what you expect. Did we get the bulbs or the labels mixed up? Perhaps the seed in the packet was incorrectly labelled? Am I disappointed? Not really, it is still a lovely flower and will be happy when transplanted into the garden with the other bulbocodiums. There is always a chance that the missing fernandesii will appear when I am expecting something else!
This is the last post in the 12 Days of Christmas series and it has ended where it began, with anticipation. Now I can look forward to more gardening and cooking adventures, growing new plants, discovering more about the wildlife on my croft, watching the sun set over the sea and much more. So my last gift is the ability to look forward with a sense of adventure and excitement. You may not get what you expect, but it probably won’t be that bad.