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  • Writer's pictureTerri Tomoff

Spring - Like?

As other parts of the country are under severe and unexpected weather, take that snow and ice in Southern California; for example, here in the Mid-Atlantic is relatively mild.

Last week (still February), when I went to Washington, DC, to pick up artwork at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, I snagged a parking spot right in front of the new building going up. It was still a bit cool out, and the trees surrounding the area had some buds but no color yet. In the 30 minutes I went inside, the temperature rose so high that the trees were in full bloom when I walked out. What???

I shook my head as others walking near the hospital were, I think, contemplating the same thing I was (too early for this, right?). One lady stopped me while I was taking photos of the tree I was parked near and commented on global warming. She didn't want an answer from me, only to tell me what she thought about how "wrong" it all was on this beautiful day.

On closer look (and through the camera lens), as I've never seen before, bees had their "noses in the nectar." A few cardinals and other birds were screeching so loud that I thought they must be pleased to have all that budding activity with flora and fauna. It was an odd morning with a temperature swing of at least 25 degrees in an hour or two.

And then the Daffy's. They are coming up (in good timing, for the most part) all over the place. I love all the yellow, a sure sign of springtime. And do you know why daffodils seem to come up every year in a garden as opposed to tulips? A horticulturist gardener once told me that daffodil bulbs are bitter tasting to squirrels, moles, and voles as opposed to tulip bulbs that are sweet and tasty to the same "rodents."

A tulip bulb needs to be planted at least 8" down in the soil; 12" deep is best. Supposedly, this way, tulips will come up every year. I can say from experience every single daffy comes up for us, but the tulips I planted years ago (and did come up for a few years) no longer come up to greet the sun. I guess I never planted them as deep as I should have.

Photo #3 has a red cardinal. Can you see it?



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