Marching One By One
Spring’s progress this last week reminds me of that song The Ants Go Marching. Like a lot of people, I want spring to burst forth with great masses of colorful flowers. But so far, the flowers have been marching in one by one, more or less.
I’m not really complaining. It’s normal that a few early adapters make an appearance before the great wave of blooms. Though it does seem like some years the wave never really arrives. We just go on to the next stage of the season without experiencing the prior peak. With luck that won’t be the case this year.
A blue Tommy Crocus (C. tommasinianus).
I think these are ‘Blue Pearl’ Crocuses – the outer part of the flower is sky blue, but the inner part is almost white.
This is the first weekend where I’ve seen the Crocus flowers actually open up. Not coincidentally, I imagine, the first bees are also making their appearance.
Here’s the first blooms from Tulip ‘Early Harvest’ (Tulipa kaufmanniana). So far I’ve been able to save a few from the rabbits. I do love an orange Tulip that blooms with the Crocuses.
The Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis) have begun to just tentatively open their flower buds. They are running late by at least a week or two.
They’re not opening all the way, just as they have only partially leafed out.
The yellow/white-flowered Lenten Roses seem slower to emerge.
Some gardeners have a reputation for never being satisfied with the weather. For now I will try to contain my impatience as I wait for the bounty of spring.