WE CAN LOOK BACK... upon particular years and certain seasons and easily recall that the time period was unusual or outstanding or notable in a variety of areas for a variety of reasons. And when California-based lovers of all things floral gaze back upon the spring of 2018, they may marvel at some of the things that had already transpired by vernal equinox. The orange flowers of Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve still haven't made much of a showing, though recent rain may deliver a bit of a bloom as March melds into April. Our desert wildflowers also haven't made a huge splash, though "(c)actus should start blooming soon," is the hope-filled word from the Desert Wildflower Reports. And in Volcano, at Daffodil Hill? Well, here it is: The season won't happen, and the beloved flower destination will not open for 2018, due to "badly damaged" flowers.
COLD WEATHER, SNOW, AND HAIL... swept in, again and again, following some promising days in February, and all of the thousands of bulbs planted in the fall couldn't weather the weather. The Facebook post announcing the closure, which bittersweetly appeared on the first day of spring, recommended that visitors still call upon lovely Amador County this spring for all of its many pleasures, from shopping to dining to wineries to historic sites. So while you count the days, and wait for daffodil season 2019 at Daffodil Hill, take a look at what's happening around the Gold County region in the near future. Festivals, wine tasting, outdoorsy tours, bird watching, and art-oriented events await for Amador aficionados, from spring to summer to fall to winter and right back to daffodil season again. Hang tight, daffy devotees: It'll come back around, before we know it.