Monday, February 23, 2009

Too early to the party

It was 18 degrees last night. This afternoon I spotted jonquils in bloom on the way to the mailbox. I hope they know what they're doing.

Do you know the difference between a narcissus, a jonquil and a daffodil?

Narcissus is the botanical name for all jonquils and daffodils. The name comes from the mythological Grecian youth who thought he was so beautiful he turned into a flower. Good enough for him, I say.

Daffodil is the English name for the jonquil. A daffodil usually has a single yellow trumpet flower surrounded by six petals on stems 14 to 20 inches tall. A jonquil can have up to three flowers on a stem and is shorter than its English cousin. A daffodil also drives on the wrong side of the road and eats beans for breakfast.

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