Here's the thing: The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the outdoor temperature gauge was shouting "68! 68! 68!". All night long I'd had visions of bright yellow daffodils dancing in my head, and I had to get out there and see if my dreams had come true.
They hadn't. The daffodils, usually the very first plant to pop up from the thawing earth in the late winter landscape, were still sleeping. Obviously, they'd heard the long-range forecast and, unlike me, weren't fooled by the Spring-like afternoon. With a possible snowstorm coming this weekend and several weeks of Winter left on the calender, I don't blame them for staying snug in their earthy bed.
So after checking every single flower bed for signs of life and finding none, I turned to my next task--which also involved daffodils. Daffodil bulbs, that is.
I was satisfied, even though I'm well aware that mid-January is not the ideal time to plant Spring-flowering bulbs. That's a task for Autumn because the bulbs require a period of chilling before they bloom, and the long winter ahead provides just that.
Having said that, you and I both know that things don't always go according to plan. Since I just recently came across these bulbs, this was a case of better late than never. I knew that daffodils had a better chance of survival than most bulbs, since they're known to be tough and long-suffering. You can often spot them springing up around abandoned farmhouses and among the ruins of neglected outbuildings, flourishing despite the lack of nurturing. I figured if anything could adjust to an ill-timed planting, it was these dainty yellow flowers.
All I have left to do is sit back and wait...and snoop around under the pear tree every now and then. You never know when something might pop up. I'll keep you posted--I know you can't hardly handle the suspense. Oh wait, it's me who has that issue. It's a classic symptom of "Garden Fever", and despite my healthy immune system, I seem to succumb to this sickness every winter. If I'm gonna get a fever, though, this is the one I prefer. Good thing, too, because it's extremely contagious!