This has been a dark and gloomy April, with only a few bright spots. You had to move quickly to catch the magnolias between the moment of bloom and the decimation of heavy rains. I was away for the early part of the month in London and Jerusalem (more about that later) and when I returned there was nothing much to report on but daffodils.
That being said, there is hardly any plant more gratifying than the large family of daffodils; they are the true harbingers of spring. When the first yellow trumpets bloom, you know spring is really here. They are the same brilliant yellow as forsythia, but quite different from the earlier blooming jonquils. Their botanical name is narcissus, but they are often referred to as both daffodils and narcissi, but also sometime as jonquils (which you hear more often in the south), further complicating this large family of related plants.