When is spring officially starts?
According to WikiAnswers, spring comes in between the 19th to the 23rd of March every year. It changes on a yearly basis depending on when is the (Spring) Vernal Equinox. This is when the sun is directly above the equator and considered as the first official day of spring. From one of the website, I understand that spring this year shall officially start on the 20th March.
Some people say that spring has come when you start seeing snowdrops. So I started looking for signs of snowdrops when the weather did not look like it's going to freeze again. It's not easy to find it in my area. I read that in some countries snowdrops are protected species and people are forbidden to take the bulbs from the wild.
A few weeks ago, I noticed that some clumps of small plants (slightly higher than the grass) had started flowering at a neighbour's compound. I wondered whether they were snowdrops. I couldn't really see from the road. But I was sure it must be it, even if it wasn't, it looked so nice I wanted to take pictures of it. I wonder whether I had the nerve to walk up the pathway, ring the bell and asked their permission.
Last Friday, when I slowly walked (due to my hurt knee ) DS to school, I noticed that the flowers were not as fresh as before. No wonder, I had already seen crocus blooming on the big roundabout the week before, so it must be time for the snowdrops to drop out of scene. On the way back home, I saw an old Dutchman outside the house, ahaa... this is my chance. I hesitantly approached the old man and said...
"Goede morgen, kun ik.... kun ik take fotos.... err bloemen?" (please excuse my dutch, in fact I was not sure I said it right).
The old man smiled... "Yeah" and launched into meaningless jumble of words.... "***&&&%%%$$###@@@***." From his smiling face, I thought he said yes.
Encouragingly I said "Ohh... it's lekker.... Ik live here...." pointing my finger in the general direction of my house, my mind was thinking furiously and searching for dutch words to explain to him, when he said....
"Do you speak English?"
What a relief.... I thought old Dutch people do not speak English. That's what they said, the very young and the very old Dutch do not speak English.
"Take as much as you want, they are not in their prime anymore, but go ahead", he said.
Thanking him, I slowly made my way and took some pictures. It's not easy... because I still couldn't bend my right knee :D At one time, I nearly fell.... but it was worth it.
I still couldn't be sure, but I think they are snowdrops and not their relative snowflakes.
|carpets of snowdrops|
|From across the canal|
|A single clump of snowdrops|
Snowdrop - picture from mr WikiI think they are the same - snowdrops
Life is beautiful. . . . Subhanallah