I was gone last week visiting my sister in Southern California. The climate we experienced there was so much different than the climate that I left behind. She has flowers in full bloom, but I left home with no flowers except a few dandelions, and some tulips that were promising to bloom soon.
The tulips did not fail me. They greeted me very cheerily when I returned. And the one positive point about the cool, rainy weather that we have been having, is that the tulips last a nice long time.