Friday, March 17, 2006

No Daffodils In Sight

What a difference one year makes, especially if you change locations as we did when we moved from western Ontario to eastern Ontario last September. A year ago on this day, I posted a photo of daffodils just breaking through the ground. That occurred despite the fact that it seemed to be colder than usual last winter. However, that was western Ontario (next door to Michigan), and we are now in the eastern part of the province (with New York State about an hour or two) to the south.


According to Environment Canada, this was the warmest winter ever in southern Ontario and Quebec — or at least the warmest since proper records began to be kept in 1948, the year after I was born.


The winter in Southern Ontario and Southern Quebec was the warmest since national records began in 1948. The average temperature was 4.8 °C above normal, an amazing departure from average conditions.


In fact, the Ottawa region, where we now live, was one of the many cities of those that they cited as experiencing its warmest winter ever.


Despite these record temperature, our lawns remain snow-covered (see photo), and the daffodil bulbs must surely be at least a week or two away from shooting through. How far behind would we be if this had been a cold winter rather than the warmest winter on record?


 


From last year's post, Through the Detritus:


We all go through winters of the soul: sometimes short, sometimes long. If we have planted daffodils in our hearts, they will emerge when we need their smiles most. They will loom when we least expect them because they simply know that it is their time to reward us for planting them. They will emerge, even though we have not yet been able to tidy away all of the decaying debris of our soul's winter, and, by so springing forth, they inspire us to clean up our old messes — to rake up and dispose of the old detritus.


It is a good thing to plant seeds whenever warm summer breezes caress our lives: good seeds that can sprout when our winter-shrivelled soul's need is greatest. Plant a full garden for all seasons: daffodils for spring, daisies for summer, and asters for the autumn, but first and foremost, plant daffodils. They will suddenly illumine your soul when it seems that the dark has come to stay. And perhaps you will find that when your garden blooms, it somehow also touches and lifts spirits other than your own. And that is a good thing.


 

12 comments:

PBS said...

That's poetic! It's warm here too, made all-time records, but no green leaves or shoots pushing up through the soil yet.

Sue said...

I miss daffodils. We don't get them here - or snowdrops, or even tulips, as it's too warm. We do have freesias (which I love), but they're the only bulbs that seem to grow here. Sometimes I miss the British springtime.

Gina said...

You would think that moving closer to the ocean would bring more temperate weather, eh?

And, I am extrememly fond of your quote pf the day today.

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

I have daffy's up but it's freezing the buds off them today I am afraid....

Valerie - Riding Solo said...

I have daffy's up but it's freezing the buds off them today I am afraid....

Bonita said...

I like the part about raking up the deitris, that cleaning up part, where we discard what no longer works. Very good story here. I've planted hundreds of daffs, they've become spent, and only one stalwart soul is in bloom here today....a gentle vigil with a subtle reminder - replant.

Simply Coll said...

I too am dreaming of daffodils.

Granny said...

Ours have been here for a while now (daffodils - sorry). I thought they grew everywhere but according to Gina, not so.

Sarah Elaine said...

We won't see daffy's until May, at least, I'm sure.

But I did notice yesterday that the days seem to be getting longer, which is always a delight.

wthenrest said...

I am a true believer of uplifting the soul with flowers...and trees of course. Come on Spring!!! We are rooting for ya!! hahahahahaha no pun intended.

Anonymous said...

St. Paul says it's just weather! Of course down here in the deep south west it's a little different, all the spring flowers are slowly inching out of the earth and just last Sunday & Monday we had to venture out on the trails for bike rides. Yes Iam gloating.
Have a "nice" spring; remeber it's just weather!

Heather said...

I just left Abbotsford, B.C., yesterday, where the daffodils are already blooming. It was a little rough to come home to find the snowman still guarding our house, waiting to melt.