One day the garden was covered in snow and ice. And the next - little growing things are peeping here and there! Surprises around every corner. I went out the other day to spread out the last remaining snowmounds, and here is what I found:
|Eranthis hyemalis emerging from the near-frozen soil|
|Galanthus elwesii unfurling among patches of snow|
|Rose garden in late winter|
Just a few days later, the snow is all gone, though the ground is still frozen solid in spots. The snowdrops and Aconites are in their prime, however, and the daffodils and even some tulips have already started to push through the soil in warmer spots:
|Eranthis hyemalis in mid-March|
|Galanthus elwesii (Giant snowdrops) in mid-March|
These little bulbs are tiny, few, and not likely to stop traffic. But oh how we cherish these first flowers of spring!
In a warm zone by the house, even these giant crocus have already started blooming. They really should not be the first crocuses to bloom - my little species crocuses should pop first - but these have a head start due to their warm sunny location.
|Crocus vernus 'Flower Record in mid-March|