I’ve just seen my first daffodil of the season here in the Charlotte area. My spirits are lifted. Several others were in bloom at this location but were lying on the ground…presumably knocked over by the freezing night temperatures we continue to experience.
Most daffodils in our area are still weeks away from gracing us with their cheerfulness. However, daffodils here at this entrance to my grandkids’ neighborhood have reliably bloomed around New Years Day every year for at least the past ten. This year they are a month late. I have no way of finding out which cultivar they are. I’m a bit surprised that our cold weather would have that much influence on their development this winter. We have certainly had weather as cold in the past but perhaps not so early or so consistently over a long period. Other areas in which I have noted daffodil blooms at the New Year are still colorless. I see the green but no blossoms. There are Tete-a-tete daffodils coming up in my garden now, but the greenery is only an inch high so they have a way to go.
I am really trying hard to be patient.