I took a quiet walk in the backyard this evening. As I wandered about I listened and watched as twilight settled. The birds, so manic during the daytime, slowly fell into their nightly routines, quickly finding places to nestle undisturbed until morning. The faint coooo-coo-coo of the Mourning Doves followed me as I rounded a corner to search out yesterday’s Daffodil (Narcissus) buds. Today several had become blooms!
The first flowers of (almost) spring may be short-lived. While today the thermometer topped out at 80F, tomorrow is forecast to be only in the low 40s and freezing rain and snow is a possibility over the next three days.
It’s a rare occurrence that we don’t have a really hard freeze, snow or ice after the Daffodils have begun blooming. There are so many ups and downs in the weather at this time of year!
Earlier in the week the weather folks were forecasting nighttime lows to bottom out at around 20F. Happily, today’s forecast had those same temperatures at around 28F for a couple of nights. So perhaps — we’ll keep our fingers crossed! — the Daffodils will survive and continue to brighten the garden.
The buds are in various stages of development so there should be a steady stream of blooms for quite some time.
Turning away from the yellow and white blooms of the Daffodils, I headed back toward the house. A faint chip-chip of a Cardinal and somewhat closer chear-up chear-up of a Robin followed me, as did the rustle of Sparrows settling in the shrubs. What a glorious ending to a beautiful day…