But mom hadn't planted any daffodils at our "new" (since 2008) house because every Fall she gets too busy and forgets. So she was baffled when she noticed what looked like a daffodil sprouting up out of the mulch in front of the house in early January.
|Suspicious daffodil-like thing, early January|
She wondered if a bulb had somehow been blown or carried by squirrels into our yard. When she saw a second, and then a third one coming up, she became very concerned.
|More suspicious daffodil-looking things|
|Hmmm, not sure what to make of these|
|I wonder how they got here|
Mom and I pondered the mystery, and mom pointed the daffodil-looking things out to Dad. Had someone been coming into our yard late at night and planting daffodils? Was there a mad daffodil-planting bandit in Richmond? Was someone engaging in the daffodil equivalent of yarn bombing?
Well, Dad couldn't keep a straight face, and had to confess that he had been very sneaky and planted NINETY bulbs one day last fall when he had the day off and Mom was at work. It was supposed to be a surprise for Mom, and he hoped they would bloom by Valentine's Day. (I was actually in on it too -- I supervised the planting -- but Dad had sworn me to secrecy.)
|Pretending to investigate the suspicious daffodils|
So the mystery has been solved and Mom has enjoyed watching the daffodils grow and start to bloom. They started blooming the week before last (a little after Valentine's Day) and now they are blooming like crazy! It's just what mom needs to make her smile when she comes home each day and sees them, and when she leaves in the morning for work.
|Pre-blooming daffodils with a dusting of snow|
|Almost ready to bloom!|
|Starting to bloom!|
|My daily daffodil inspection|
|Note the Conch Republic flag flapping in the breeze|
|This makes Mom smile|
|I think I did a pretty good job supervising|
|Don't mess with my daffodils!|
Dad had never planted daffodils before, but with my assistance, he did a pretty good job.