Sunday, February 13, 2011

On the Cusp

In this part of the world, blooming daffodils are the first sure sign that winter is passing and spring is on it's way. In spite of everyting mother nature throws at them, we start looking for blossoms on the first warm day in the middle of February. Today was that day here, and as you can see in the picture below blooming time is very close. We're supposed to be well into the 60's all week, so I expect we'll see a rapid progression once they start.

By early March when they are at their peak, every fencerow, pasture and old homesite is covered in blooming daffodils. No matter where I've lived, the first flowers of spring have never failed to put a smile on my face. Hope they do the same for you, wherever you may be and whatever the season is at your house today.


Funder said...

Whenever I try and tell my dad how nice the weather is out here (really! it's way better!) he always asks when the daffodils bloom. Right now he is lording it over me - his are coming up, and he has thousands. I have some hyacinth bulbs I planted in the fall and they're dead or not ready to come up :(

Jason said...

You're probably right. Sometimes winters are wet and miserable and summers are often hot and miserable at least for awhile but I hafta say that spring and fall in the mid south are fantastic compared to those I grew up with in Ontario. The idea of flowers....ANY flowers....blooming outdoors in February would've been more than I could have wrapped my mind around up there.