You can’t rely on the weather for a good indication of the arrival of spring. A few days ago we had temperatures that would be deemed passable in July and tomorrow we may have snow.
And the date is certainly not to be trusted. Though nature has a way of catching up or slowing down if it has been tricked by an unusual weather pattern it is still not possible to say that spring starts on such and such a day.
One clear indication of the arrival of spring is the appearance of the daffodils. I think the Narcissus genus provides a good illustration of the old adage about familiarity breeding contempt. Viewed individually, the flower is acceptably attractive, though it is, generally, too bland to be stunning.
But, for me at least, the long runs of daffodils along the roadside verges can tend to be too much of a not that good thing.
But I do like daffodils. First, there is the surprising number of accidental poisonings caused by people mistaking the plant for something edible. And there is the way that the folkloric associations have changed this plant’s reputation from one to do with abandonment and despair to signifying support and hope.
There’s more about both of those in my latest ‘Poisonous Plants 1-2-1’ video.
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