The first blooms of 2016 in our garden.
There is a patch of Common Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis) that I refer to as The Scout Party. For some reason, they always emerge first from the almost frozen ground, leading the charge while their more cautious comrades stay burrowed in the earth.
The Scout Party always causes me the most angst, as they tend to expose their flower buds to the sudden deep freezes common to February in Chicago. If you look closely at the picture above, you can the brown tips that indicate they did sustain some damage. Nevertheless, the Scout Party produced a decent number of blooms.
Why this particular clump of Snowdrops is so eager and reckless I couldn’t say. But I appreciate their audacity.
Meantime, all the other Snowdrops have decided it’s safe to come out. They will make a pretty sight when they all bloom together, maybe in a week or so.
I think of Snowdrops as a transitional flower. The elegant white blooms tell us that winter is coming to an end, but spring has not quite arrived, so don’t get too excited just yet. It’s the brightly colored Crocuses that tell us it’s time for giddiness of spring.
Are there Snowdrops blooming in your garden yet?