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Always

It does not matter whether the cherry blossoms and first wave of spring flowers come early in the season or late. It does not matter whether a particular spring is wet and cool or bright and lovely. (Well, spring in Maryland is always lovely, but it’s also spring and, therefore, the weather fluctuates and is temperamental.) 

It doesn’t matter what other environmental factors are at hand to push the weather or the heat or the rain or temperatures one way or another. Always, always, always the poppies in my mother’s garden bloom on my sister’s birthday, May 13th.

they bloom

Here’s the first one of the season; it bloomed yesterday, and the second one opened today.

Happy birthday, Rebecca Newburn!