Wednesday, March 19, 2014

March Note Card Party……………

This month you get to see my choice of all occasion cards 
on the box top first.

These are shots of the first daffodils I cut in the 
 February garden this year. Although we're now 
well into March, some of the yellow daffodils have 
survived the on again-off again below freezing nights 
and are blooming even more profusely. 
Others, such as the almost white Ice Follies, don't 
seem to hold up so well, their stems bending under the 
icy burden.
Hurry up Spring, we can't wait much longer.

Something strange has happened this year, I've apparently developed an allergy to the sap that drips from the daffodil stems. After cutting bunches on two occasions then touching my arms and neck, I broke out in a red, itchy rash similar to poison ivy (which I'm also deathly allergic to), which took over a week - and a lot of cortisone ointment - to heal. I now have to use washable rubber or cloth garden gloves when handling the daffs.

Anyone else experienced this allergy?

The golden harbingers of Spring.

All photos taken with the Nikon Coolpix S6400
set on Auto. PicMonkey assisted with the box top collage.

Hope you visit Vee at A Haven for Vee where her monthly Note Card Party is in full swing.


  1. Your bright yellow flowers are so pretty...such pretty cards. :)

  2. So sorry about your allergy to the daffodil stems, these are so pretty and would make lovely notecards, thank you for sharing. I too am so wanting spring to hurry.

  3. Yes the daffodils are gorgeous to look at and so many different varieties, but be careful of that sap! My skin also becomes irritated when it comes into contact with it. Thanks for brightening my day xx

  4. Daffodils are one of my favorite flowers and Spring gardens I love to visit. Your photographs make beautiful note cards.

  5. You are the second one in two days to mention an allergy to daffodils. Now I see that Chel is mentioning it, too. I'd never heard of it before. Well I am sorry about it because I know that you enjoy these cheery yellow flowers. Perhaps now you'll just have to enjoy them in the garden or be extra cautious. Blast!

    Love yellow, love daffies, love the mere thought of spring, which is all that we can say of our corner thus far. Thank you for bringing spring along...

  6. Love daffodils, but never had a reaction to them. In fact, I don't have any in my yard, but a friend brought me a bouquet Monday, and they look lovely on my desk.

    Hope the rash gets better soon....You're pictures are love compositions.

  7. Lovely lovely photos - great compositions. I can't touch the sap from daffodils either - and usually I wear disposable gloves when handling any flowers - just to be safe. I do pick pansies and violets without the gloves - but that is because I have to pinch their stems with my thumbnail to pick them. I know I could get out some small shears but thumb picking is just perfect for the dainty flowers. So far no problems with that.

  8. Nicely put, "the golden harbingers of spring" for the flowers seem to glow in the garden on a sunny day, don't they? You've created some interesting note cards with the daffodils Mary and I love the last one with their reflection in the tray.
    It wouldn't surprise me if I got daffodil sap on me that I've have a reaction as well, my skin is sensitive and I'm forever getting rashes or red skin when working in the garden. I try to have a long sleeve cotton shirt on for the most part but when it's hot - off it comes.
    At least you know now to be careful around the daffs and be wary with other garden plants.

  9. Hi Mary,

    Ahhh, your daffodils look beautiful! I can't wait for spring to finally arrive and for the snow to melt. I love the reflection in your last photo and your pretty box top. Thank you for stopping to visit me.

  10. So pretty!! Like Vee, my corner of the world is still not Springing either. I long to see the pretty faces of the "crowd" in my garden (your quote is lovely BTW). So glad to have been part of this Note Card Party and exploring all the interesting sites. You have travelled so extensively I see, I must have a closer look. I'll be back for sure. Sorry to hear of your allergy - so wierd how this things pop up out of nowhere?

  11. What a lovely box top your choices for March note cards created. Love each individual shot, too.

  12. Your note cards are simpy beautiful! I love yellow and that means your daffodils! I've been lucky, no allergies to them...yet!

  13. Mary, I am so sorry to hear you are allergic to these sweet spring blooms. Hopefully the allergy will disappear as quickly as it appeared. Be careful! Happy Spring!

  14. Lovely photos of these cheerful blooms. Mine are still under 3 feet of snow, with another 6-8" forecast for tomorrow!! It's a good thing people are showing lots of spring blooms to keep us from giving up all hope! lol

  15. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Hi Mary,
    Daffodils remind me so much of Spring. Your photos are beautiful!
    I bought white daffodils a few days ago . . . and have been enjoying them :0)
    Thanks so much for sharing,

  16. Your daffodil notecards are really pretty, Mary. I always think of the line from Wordsworth when I see some. We are under a snowstorm watch tonight and tomorrow so our first day of spring is the same as last years - lots of snow! I hope your's is much more pleasant.

  17. Mary,

    Just lovely cards. I miss the daffodils the most and the poem is one of my favorites.


  18. I have not heard of this allergy, so sorry!
    Your daffodils are just gorgeous!

  19. Lovely photos for note cards and collage/box top. I eagerly await the daffodils every spring, and we'll be getting blooms for a few more weeks. I'm so sorry to hear that you got a rash from the drippings. Drats.


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