posted on Mar, 8 2014 @ 01:22 AM
In our area (western Kentucky) Spring is heralded by jonquils aka "March flowers" which usually show their first blooms as early as late February.
I have seen them begin blooming in January if we were enjoying a mild winter. Right now, in what we've come to expect as a normal Spring, these
flowers would be blooming in profusion by this time. Our wedding was held in the midst of a whole big patch of them on March 9, 1991 and we've never
had a anniversary that they weren't in full bloom. As of this afternoon, the ones peeking above the snow still have very tightly curled buds. The
majority are still under the melting snow.
But I would hasten to point out that the present snow is the first measurable snow we've had this season. We've had three ice storms followed by a
dusting of snow but no snow storms until the present one. It was preceded by an inch of ice as well. I have hope that I will be able to get my car
out of the driveway tomorrow, the first time in 8 days.
I was recently going through some old family photos and came across a picture of a birthday party held on January 15, 1955. Everyone in the photo was
in short sleeves, even the baby. The party was held on the front porch. Pictures from 4 years later show the child standing in snow up to her waist,
probably about 18" deep.
A dear friend who lives in Indiana now and I were talking about their winter. They've had snow almost constantly this year, the first time she has
experienced a winter like she expected when she moved there 7 years ago. She observed that their winter has been more like the winters she remembers
from her years growing up here in western Kentucky. We always had lots of snow, enough that we always had our sleds, skates, snow suits and all the
other fun-making stuff for winter stored so that we could get to it easily. Our snowiest months were usually January and February when it wasn't at
all unusual to miss two or more weeks of school due to roads being snowy.
Thanks for the post Wrabbit!