My Dearest February Gold,
I certainly had no idea when I wrote you that goodbye letter two years ago that I would ever see you in my garden again. I was really at the end of my rope then.
After giving you so many choice garden spots over several years only to see each one turn into a bog or a mini desert, I really thought February Gold was just not a good fit for my garden. So,in frustration,I gave up on you. I was wrong. I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.
When the last home I gave you turned into a mud hole within a month,I was sure you were a goner. Even though you bloomed nicely that year I really didn't believe you would survive that hot,rainy spring andsummer.
Imagine my amazement when I saw your shoots poking up through that green muck the next spring. You must believe that I never would have left you there for another season if I had known you had survived. You had fought so hard to come back so I had to do something to try to save you.
Even though it was the wrong time of year to do it and I knew I was taking a huge risk,I took you out of that little swamp right then and there. I had found a great new spot on the edge of the woods where other members of the Cyclamineus family have been happy..Frankly I wasn't optimistic given our history but I couldn't just let you drown so I plopped you into the new garden spot.
Much to my my amazement your leaves stayed healthy and green throughout the 2013 growing season. I am so delighted you have returned this year,looking better than ever. Your blooms are nice and large if not numerous.
I never noticed you having a much of a scent before but this year I have been able to smell your sweet aroma from over 20 feet away. It has boosted my spirit in these last bitter cold days of the harshest winter in decades winter.
Best of all,for the first time ever you actually bloomed in February and you were the first daffodil of 2014 to bloom in the entire garden. Your first flower opened a full week ahead of 'Tete-a-Tete' and 'Jefire.'
I am so happy to say that 'February Gold' is still an important daffodil in my garden. I hope your renewed floral display means you are happy in your new home. It's as close to a European woodland meadow as you will find in the new world. I hope my winter is interrupted by your charming,sweetly scented yellow flowers for many years to come.
I hope you will accept my apology,Feb.Welcome back.