Thursday, March 20, 2014

A Floral Start to Spring

Happy Spring!

Here's the first daffodil bloom* in the yard.  I think it opened earlier this week, but I didn't get out to see it until today.

Next, some plum branches that I pruned about 10 days ago and brought inside.  All these flowers were just little white balls yesterday.  How did they know they were supposed to open today?

 Finally, my lodgers brought me these tulips before they departed today:

I'm so happy to have flowers to share on this first day of Spring!

* the current record:  Yellow 3, White 1, tie 1
2013: tie (6 Mar)
2012: yellow (25 Feb)
2011: white (9 Mar)
2010: yellow (17 Mar)

I thought the daffs were super late this year, but it looks like they are on a very similar schedule to 2010.  It's great to have a blog archive for things like this.  (Maybe I should keep up with this thing a little more, so it is not just a daffodil recording device!)


  1. Congratulations. No daffodils here yet, but my white forsythia has started bursting open and perfuming the air.

  2. I'm forcing some lilac branches, too, but they're still growing their little buds. They've put out leaves and long panicles of flowers. I'm quite impressed. I had no idea they were such overachievers. 2012 was the year of Unwinter so I'm not surprised the daffs bloomed so early but knowing we're on a similar to schedule to 2010 is reassuring. Perhaps the next Ice Age hasn't started after all.