It may still be winter, and it is definitely still cold, but there are a few signs of life starting to emerge from the recently frosty ground.
Crocus are one of the first flowers to appear at the end of winter. Here is a bright yellow one, defying the dead brown around it.
The hyacinths are just starting to sprout out. Before too long, these will show delightfully fragrant deep blue blooms.
Tulips are starting to show up, too. There are lots of bulbs down there, so hopefully there will be a good spring show.
Buttercups are always early risers. They are quite cold-hardy, so even if there is more cold weather to come, they should be fine.
While I can’t deny that a large part of the carpet of leaves covering these flower beds is from my own idleness, it’s not an entirely bad thing. This winter was so cold that it easily could have killed some of the plants back. Fortunately, these hydrangeas were protected somewhat by the leaves covering them. We’ll see if they bloom this year; a really cold winter can wreck their blossoms for a season, even if the plant isn’t killed.
Here is an experiment: there are tulips planted underneath the pansies in this pot. You can see them peeking out. Hopefully, there will be bright tulips above the pansies soon!
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing the first bits of spring venturing out of the ground. It’s nice to think about the season changing after our unusually cold winter! I’ll be looking forward to showing more plant life when it is really spring!