07 March 2010
An Early Spring
When I got home this morning (by which I mean Saturday), I looked to see if the reticulated irises were peeking through the ground yet. Nada.
By the time I slept a few hours, though, and went back outside in the afternoon, they had magically appeared. This first crocus was also pushing up:
The iris is always the first blossom of the spring in my beds and has come up a little earlier each year, but last year it didn't blossom until March 15. I was in India at the time, but I had David watching for it and he sent me a pic. This year, the daffodils are leafing out and already have flower buds, and my Florentine tulips are leafed out nicely, though I haven't noticed flower buds yet. The Dutch & Siberian irises and daylilies are also putting up leaves already.
The reason for the early start this year is, of course, the lack of snow cover, which is not entirely a good thign, in my book. Still, I can't change it, so I'm just going to go with it. Tomorrow is supposed to be a beautiful day, so I intend to spend it doing yardwork and cleaning out those beds.