Early Signs of Spring In the Ouachitas

By | February 10, 2017

I am seeing some early signs of Spring here in Arkansas. The past couple of weeks here in the Ouachitas has felt like spring. A few days ago we reached 80 degrees, which I think broke a record here in Arkansas. The average February temperatures in Arkansas are usually highs in the 50’s and lows in the 30’s. The Daffodils are starting to bloom here in my yard. This may all change here in the next few weeks.

Yellow Daffodil

Yellow Daffodils

I remember photographing these same Daffodils late last February and then we got some snow: Yellow Daffodils Have Bloomed But Snow Today

Daffodils (Narcissus) Facts

Like many bulb plants from temperate regions, a period of exposure to cold is necessary before spring growth can begin. This protects the plant from growth during winter when intense cold may damage it. Warmer spring temperatures then initiate growth from the bulb. Early spring growth confers a number of advantages, including relative lack of competition for pollinators, and lack of deciduous shading.

Narcissi are now popular as ornamental plants for gardens, parks and as cut flowers, providing color from the end of winter to the beginning of summer in temperate regions. They are one of the most popular spring flowers and one of the major ornamental spring flowering bulb crops, being produced both for their bulbs and cut flowers, though cultivation of private and public spaces is greater than the area of commercial production. Wikipedia – Narcissus (plant)

Author: Steve Creek

An Arkansas-based wildlife photographer specializing in the wildlife found in Arkansas and Oklahoma. Steve’s images are created from his overwhelming passion for being outdoors with cameras in tow.