This is the closest I’ve felt to being grounded since I was about 15 years old. Any suggestion that I might head out into the wider world runs into intense spousal opposition. However, I can always go into the garden. Even when it’s too wet or cold to do any actual gardening, there is still the option of carrying out a close inspection of new developments. That’s something I do a lot of even in normal times.
Snowdrops (mostly Galanthus nivalis with some G. elwesii) have reached their peak in our garden (though our display is awfully meager to use the word “peak”, which ought to describe thousands of blooms).
Anyhow, the area where they have naturalized most freely is around the Annabelle Hydrangeas (Hydrangea arborescens) along the east fence. I cut the Hydrangeas back pretty hard so we can see them better. Annabelle doesn’t seem to mind.
There are small clumps of Snowdrops in a few other spots around the Back Garden.
I wonder if I should really lift these clumps and spread the bulbs around.
The very first Crocuses have begun blooming, poking their heads up out of the leaf litter. Here’s a couple of soft yellow ones.
I’m pretty sure these are Crocus tommasinianus.
Here’s a nice golden yellow one. So far there is little sign of the rabbits ravaging the Crocuses like they usually do. I’m pretty sure, though, that they are just trying to lull me into a sense of complacency.
Meantime, I am anxiously watching for my other early bulbs. The Tulipa kaufmanniana leaves have emerged, but no flower buds. There is almost no sign of the Glory-of-the-Snow (Chionodoxa forbesii) or the Siberian Squill (Scilla sibirica), even though the Chionodoxa are blooming at the Lurie Garden. It’s so hard to remain patient, especially when spending so much time (all the time, actually) at home.
Well, at least there are plenty of buds on the Lenten Roses (Helleborus orientalis).
This has been a slow spring so far, the March days being colder and wetter than usual. And so the garden creeps forward, moderately boosting the morale of the inmates but leaving us eager for more.