Mother Nature does as she will, and she always has. For evidence of this, we offer the following from the January 2, 1913 Skidmore New Era:
A Dandelion Bouquet
H. W. Montgomery wore on the lapel of his coat a dandelion button-hole bouquet one day last week. This bold little blossom, which so bravely peeks its head above the ground in the early spring, I am afraid, has slipped a cog or two on his calendar. May be, this unprecedented beautiful weather is the cause, and he has really not gone into winter quarters yet.
The flower was picked in the Sewell woods pasture, just west of Skidmore, by B. E. Woods, who said there were plenty of them in full bloom where this one grew.