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03060601 Daffodils

C. Todd Sherman

Spring’s first official day may be nearly two weeks away, but don’t tell the flora in Northeast Mississippi – it’s blooming everywhere. At (location), Japanese magnolia blossoms show their violet hues on Tupelo’s Martin Hill Drive on Monday. At (location, like upper right), snowy Bradford pear blooms welcome busy bees along a street in the Joyner Avenue area. And not to be outdone, at (location), daffodils poke their heads through a Joyner Avenue fence as if to say “Here I am.” The warm weather has encouraged flowers throughout the region, but there’s no guarantee it will continue. As garden expert Felder Rushing said here last week, he’s seen it snow in April.