Thursday, January 29, 2009

The First Jonquil: Harbinger of Spring

For many years now it has been my pleasure to search out a jonquil on February 1. Somehow it is very uplifting to know that somewhere in my hometown I can count on a precocious little daffodil raising its yellow trumpet in a solo fanfare to rouse its fellows, defy the frost or even ice and snow that may yet encrust its petals, and fairly shout, "Persevere, press on, Spring will come!"

This year I had only to walk a few paces to the end of my own drive. And several days early, at that.

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