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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Thoughts on Seeing The First Crocus Blooms Turn Back Into Buds

Just like that, today was overcast and the temperature was around 38 F at 5:00 pm. The crocuses that were blooming yesterday have closed up to guard against the cold. 

Such is the fickleness of early spring flowers, and the unpredictability of the seasonal changes. Spring takes its time arrving, and Winter seems in no hurry to go. They taunt and tease in turn. One day Spring acts as though it owns the weather. The next day Winter gets in its last licks.

We knew the crocuses wouldn't stay open for long. The earliest blooming crocuses often close up on cloudy, cold days.

Nor did the short-term hsyteria of "I still need to" and "I should have" last much longer than the few minutes it took to write up the lists and post them. On the bright side, at least I have a "to do" list now.

In other glorious Spring related news...

- The garden designer is coming on Monday.

- I'm planting peas in two weeks.

- No doubt we'll have some sunny days again, perhap as early as this weekend. Then those crocuses will re-open and be joined by more crocus blooms. Each year, it is as though I am seeing them for the first time. I'll dart from one to another like a mad gardener, trying to photograph each one.

I never grow tired of the early spring blooms.

13 comments:

Jan said...

Today is supposed to be sunny here, after having rain and cloud all day yesterday, but at the moment it's having trouble breaking through!

Rothschild Orchid said...

I adore crocuses in the sunshine, they make it feel like spring has finally arrived. I don't even mind getting a muddy belly trying to photograph them!

RO :o)

Cyndy said...

Tuesday, it was 50 and I was taking pictures of buds and sprouts. Yesterday, it snowed all morning. Winter doesn't go without a fight...

Darla said...

Looking forward to a beautiful weekend myself.

lotusleaf said...

Spring has turned into scorching summer here. While we long for cool weather, others in another part of the same planet long for warm days. Isn't it amazing!

Edith Hope said...

Dear Carol, Which of us, indeed, does tire of spring flowers?

I do hope that you have a very successful meeting with your garden designer on Monday.

Greensparrow said...

I need to stop reading blogs until MY crocuses bloom... we've still got a good 6 inches of snow on the ground, and it was 12 degrees this morning! Supposed to get up to 40 today, but I think I'm still several days out from actually seeing the ground. Come on snow! MELT!

A Happy Gardener said...

Still under a few feet of snow here and anxiously awaiting the melt so I can start to watch for my spring bloomers..

Rose said...

I have searched in vain for any sign of crocus or snowdrops here, but no such luck yet, Carol. Still, I'm getting a case of the "I should have's". Sheesh, what did I do all winter...other than complain about the cold and snow?:) I think I'd better go find those hand weights or I'll be spending half the early gardening seasoning resting aching muscles.

Green Lane Allotments said...

Sunny here today and my crosuses were open at last!

Jayne said...

I haven't seen crocuses in years, since I left England. I remember them fondly. I know what you mean about the fickleness of the seasons. So far this year, I have gardened in short sleeves one day and then been huddled up in a fleece lined jacket to do some weeding the next, and then the next day, out come the short sleeves again. Of course, summer will be here eventually, and then I'll wish it were cooler!

Jean said...

Here's hoping you soon get the beautiful spring-like weather we finally got today. The latest issue of Horticulture just arrived and I saw your article - congratulations Carol!

Susan said...

At least you have crocuses! I live way south of you in western NC and mine are barely out of the ground. We had MORE snow last night in this endless winter. Local old-timers are expecting a blizzard within the next 2 weeks. I daren't even think of planting peas until at least the end of the month