But, I wasn't too rushed to miss seeing the first crocus bud of the season. See - right there below.
Not quite as showy as some of those camellias that have been showing up on garden blogs, but for us northern gardeners, the first crocus is a milestone of sorts. It is a reminder that winter will actually end some day. I checked my garden records, and this is about the same week, more or less, when I see the first crocus every year. So even though expected, it is still a good day when I see the first crocus blooms.
And below is a close-up, because I knew you all would be excited with me. Spring is coming! Spring is coming!
I was also at Sam's Club today and do you know what they have for sale? Summer bulbs... elephant ears, caladiums, glads, dahlias. I went by the display and first thought, "too early" and walked on by. Then a force that I can not explain made me go back by it. I looked at the bags of elephant ears bulbs. 10 for $12.67. They were kind of on the small side, but then again, 10 for $12.67. So I got them. I'm not sure where I will plant 10 elephant ears, even on the small side, but I'll figure that out. A few of them might even end up in a niece or nephew's Easter basket.
So I thought I was in the clear, ready to go with my bag of elephant ear bulbs. Then I found myself by that display again! This time I looked at a bag of caladiums. 60 for $12.67. I was thinking back to when I paid $2.49, even $3.49, for one caladium already started. These were just 21 cents each. I rationalized that even if only half of them sprouted, that was still a pretty good deal. Never mind that I don't know where I will put up to 60 caladiums. Never mind that it is January and the temperature is in the teens. I got the caladiums, too.
Both bags are now hanging up in the garage, which stays fairly warm. Later this spring I'll pot them up and see how they do.