Posted by: jsmcfadden | March 12, 2011

January February daffodils

On January 23, this is how the couple of clumps of daffodils looked, squeezed between the two lilac bushes and in front of the dwarf rose bush behind the retaining wall. We were in the middle of what I call fake spring, which we have here in Fairfield, California, every end of January-beginning of February.

After fake spring, there’s always windy, cold rain the week of February 18, and then it tapers off and warms up a little at a time until we get to real spring sometime around March 10.

Don’t talk to me about the calendar date on which spring “begins.” See here.

So, a couple of weeks after that first shot, on February 4, here’s what the daffodils looked like:

And then changes were quicker. The guys just seem to get bold, reckless. Here they are just two days later:

So perky and optimistic. These little guys know that they know that they KNOW spring is just around the corner. They’re betting their, well, heads, on it. Within the next few days, all of them had opened up their buds and it was glorious to look at. From inside in the family room. The yard was wet and mushy, still, and I kept forgetting to bring the camera home, and that’s why you don’t see them in their full glory.

Then we had the annual cold, windy rain of the week of February 18. And then the little dears had to admit they’d been beaten by that annual blond assasin. (Need a little help with that reference?) 

The frost hits living things hard, while it creates loveliness on non-living things, like the roof of our car in the driveway.

Reckon there’s a lesson there for all of us?


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