Do you know where Spring first shows up in your garden?
Here at May Dreams Gardens, I'll find the first crocuses, the first sign of Spring, in this little microclimate by the front step, by my 'brain' rock.
This is on the south side of the house so I assume that the radiant heat that comes off the brick at night after the sun has warmed it all day helps to keep this little spot a few degrees warmer than out in the lawn where I have more crocuses planted.
I've seen crocuses bloom as early as January 27th in this spot, as they did last year and in 2002. In 2005, I first saw them on January 30th. In 2003, they didn't show up until February 9th. I don't even want to talk about how late they were in 2006 and for some reason, I didn't write in my garden journal when they showed up in 2004.
I say "they" and "crocuses" as though there is a whole colony of them in this spot. Actually, there are generally only one or two crocuses, purple ones, that show up here.
And to say they are blooming might be a little bit of a stretch. Generally, I see the buds and if the sun hits them just right, they might open a little.
But still, they are a sign of new life and bring a speck of color back to the garden. They remind me that flowers do bloom here, that it isn't always cold. And windy. And cold.
Every northern gardener should find where Spring starts in their garden and watch that spot.
I've been watching this spot for a few days now and so far... nothing. I guess it has been too cold. But it is early yet, we still have a lot of winter ahead of us.
You can now stay up to date on my crocus watch and other events at May Dreams Gardens by checking out my Twitter micro posts on the sidebar, down below the blog archives list. I don't know how long I'll keep it up, if it is a fad or useful, I'm just giving it a try.