Early daffodils on the Dock Road: Pictured are Sophie O'Brien and Ciara Mulqueen Picture: Michael Cowhey
IN the past couple of days, the people of Limerick may have noticed an unexpected early visitor: daffodils.
The hosts of golden flowers can be seen across the city as an unseasonably warm winter has caused springtime’s floral favourite to make a premature arrival.
Kevin D’Arcy, the owner of Garden World on Ellen Street, says the daffodils arrival is the earliest in living memory.
“Daffodils shouldn’t be coming up for another month. It’s very early to be seeing them. We have bluebells too, and we shouldn’t be seeing them until April. Everything is out of sync,” said Kevin.
Limerick farmers are also in clover with the mild, dry and settled weather. There has been more grass growth in the last few weeks than there was in the height of the summer. The unseasonable sound of lawnmowers revving up in housing estates is testament to that.
Some dairymen who produce winter milk have even had their cows out in the fields which is practically unheard of in January. When the slurry spreading season starts in a few days tractors will barely leave a mark on the ground.
The weather has also been an ease to farmers short on fodder as they were able to keep cattle out much longer than normal.
However, it has to be remembered that the Beast from the East didn't blow in until late February last year so farmers aren't out of the woods yet.