In our neighborhood, the last few days have been cool, often cloudy, and sometimes rainy. Searching the streets of south Oak Park turned up a few spring bulbs about to burst into bloom. As usual, the flowers on the sunnier south sides of homes were further along:
At several other homes, larger Daffodil plants were beginning to catch up to the Miniature Daffodils we photographed last week for Gail’s birthday — they weren’t blooming yet, but they were getting close:
Go here to see what Daffodil buds looked like a week ago, when they first emerged from the soil (see the bottom of the post).
I was inspired by the almost-opened buds, so this morning I checked a secluded corner of our back yard, against a south-facing wooden fence. Guess what I found? The Miniature Daffodils we bought last year for Gail’s birthday also were beginning to open. As the day progressed with intermittent sun, four buds finally bloomed:
We bought these flowers as part of the American Cancer Society’s 2008 Daffodil Days. (The 2009 Daffodil Days just ended.)
I guess birthday flowers that support a good cause should be my favorite flowers of the spring so far, but they’re not. My favorites are some spring wildflowers living the tame life in a street-side garden near Maple Park. They’re Bloodroot, a common woodland wildflower that I was surprised to find in this residential neighborhood:
For tomorrow I’ll have good news and bad news to share. Tree flowers are back, some for better, and some for worse.