Spring is slow to arrive this year, and I have proof.
In 2002, I had daffodils blooming here at May Dreams Gardens on March 14th.
In 2006, I wrote in my garden journal that many daffodils had buds on March 15th, I assumed they bloomed shortly afterwards.
In 2001, I wrote that the first daffodil bloomed on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17th.
In 2004, the first daffodils were blooming on March 19th.
In 2007, I enjoyed not only the first daffodil blooming on March 21st, but also a high temperature of 76. We set a record four days later on March 25th with a high temperature of 81. That really got things going that spring, but later everything came to a crashing halt with a very cold April.
In 2005, some daffodils were blooming on March 22nd.
In 2003, I don’t know. I can’t find references in my garden journal about when the daffodils bloomed that year, but I did note on one day in March that the rabbits were eating the leaves of the Hellebores. Go figure.
Which brings us to 2008. Here it is March 28th, and no daffodils are yet blooming.
There are buds, but no blooms. I am hopeful that tomorrow’s predicted sunshine and warmer temperatures will coax these daffodils to bloom.
I will accept this slow spring if once it warms up, it stays warmed up. I do not want another spring like last year. That was an awful experience. As was the dry summer. And the time I got stung by a German yellow jacket. And the other time I got stung.
But I don’t talk about those ‘less than positive experiences of gardening’ especially with ‘those who don’t garden’. They wouldn’t understand, would they? They would not understand this compulsion to garden and what gardeners go through some years.
If you are reading this, you probably have this gardening compulsion, don’t you? Do you hold back on talking about some of the ‘less positive aspects’ of gardening when you are talking about gardening with ‘those who don’t garden’?