It might get too cold in Washington, D.C. for the cherry blossoms.
But as March moves into April, expect the lovely and hardy daffodil to appear, bright yellow or white, peeking its trumpet head through the snow or cold to ring in the spring.
Those dependable spring blooms all have a history. Someone planted them to perk up a corner in the garden or trim a fence. And they grow, whether that home or garden or that person is there or not. In fact, they can grow undisturbed for decades, even centuries in the same plot, according to The Washington Post.
Their secret hardiness comes from a thick skin that shelters the inside the of bulb, where the leaf and flower are developing in late winter. The bulb itself keeps growing year after year, continuously absorbing nutrients all year round.
It is a flower known for thousands of years. First mention of them comes from a Greek botanist around 300 BC. They were brought to Britain by the Romans and grew freely in northern Europe.
Plant daffodil bulbs in the fall (especially October), three times deeper than the size of the ball. Separate bulbs in the spring, but let their yellowing stems remain to support the bulb.