Today is the first day of Spring, and temperatures here in Richmond are approaching 80 degrees! Here at Maury Place, blooming daffodils are popping up in waves in the flower beds. As an Aries born in March, I have always been happy that my "flower" is the daffodil. Such a hearty, happy flower that even blooms in the snow! This year is the first year that we have fully experienced this spectacular tulip tree in our backyard. A late March snow prevented full flowering last year, but this year, the tree looks like it is making up for it! The blooms have really burst open over the past two days--urged on by the warmer temperatures. As you can see from the this photo, the balcony of our Belmont Suite has a bird's eye view of this spectacular tree. I also noticed today that the blossoms are very fragrant. Spring is literally "in the air" around here!