Saturday, January 31, 2009

The Search for 10,000 Daffodils

Where could they be?

Mama Spot was feeling well enough to go for a walk today to check on the progress or lack there of, of the emergence of the bulbs. This cat flu lingers. Crawford had a mild case by comparison. He has been back to his normal self for a couple of days and is now old enough to join in on the garden tours.

Poor Collar. She was late in getting started, but now has the Feline Herpes Virus 1 flu with a vengeance. Her eyes have been affected much worse than Spot or Crawford. She didn't go on the walk with us. She had a nap in the sun instead.

It looks like I could have called her Booger. That black spot on her nose is a skin pigment change.

When he was a baby I thought I might call him Cindy. Then it looked like he was a boy and I couldn't call him that, so Cindy became Crawford. He has the softest fur I have ever felt on a cat and this flu epidemic has allowed the opportunity to start turning him into a real lap cat. He demands to be held and petted now.

But what about the 10,000 Daffodil bulbs? Right now there are hardly any to be seen. I may have spotted a half dozen clumps at the most. Last year I spotted the first ones on January 10. By the 23rd there were plenty and by February 5th I was considering it almost spring.

We're not quite that far along this year. Some of the Daffodil foliage actually appears damaged and I know the one patch of Hyacinthoides I had seen and a mystery bulb were pretty much burned to a crisp. Another round of snow and deep cold is headed this way. The Daffodils will just have to wait.

The days are getting longer at least.

The sun still sets in the west.

This is the way it should be.


Anonymous said...

I'm a cat person too so it was nice to read your kitty goings on. I'm sorry about their illnesses. Booger is too funny! Interesting that at this time last year the bulbs were much farther along. The weather really influences things. I hope this next storm flies through quickly.

Unknown said...

I'm glad that Mama Spot and Crawford (who is outrageously cute) are feeling better. And ten thousand daffodils? I can hardly wait!

chuck b. said...

How do you get them to sit still for pictures?

Just the daffodils alone will turn your hills green.

Christopher C. NC said...

Hi Grace, I have been happy to have cats back in my life after moving here. Mama Spot adopted me when the spotlets were about six weeks old. I think they were dumped here. This winter it seems has been much wetter an colder than my first.

Jodi, I'm getty antzy for the Daffodils too, plus warmer weather will increase the rate of cabin construction. If you can't wait, you can go to my archives of last spring.

Chuck, I don't get them to do anything. I sneak up on them, camera ready and snap quickly.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

That Crawford is a handsome cat. Lovely photos all..

I do hope all the Spots are soon fully recovered.

lisa said...

I'm glad your kitties are coming around to understanding how much you care for them. Sorry to hear they are sickly, I'd never heard of that before. My spring is as delayed as last year, if not more so. As I gaze at the 3 foot deep snow covering my yard...I feel your pain! (Yet the snow bunny in me enjoys it all conflicted! *~<];-)

lisa said...

BTW, I never get tired of your sunset pics!

Anonymous said...

Great pix of the kitties. Hope they continue to improve.
AAwwww Spring is not too far off. It was 31ยบ at 8:30 this a.m. Some of my daffies are up but not blooming yet. Anxious to see them.

Anonymous said...

Poor sick kitties! My cat had the feline herpes virus as a tiny kitten, and she was basically kitty-bedridden for a couple of weeks. But she's fine now.