Today, I'd be off by a few weeks because this autumn crocus is blooming and I think it's early.
I usually look for the autumn crocus, Crocus speciosus, around mid-September.
Why is it early?
It could be because after record amounts of rainfall in July, it is now quite dry in the garden and so this flower thought it had better bloom now before it dries up.
It could be blooming now because we are going to have an early frost and a wicked cold winter, and this bloom wanted to flower, or this flower wanted to bloom, take your pick, before any frost showed up.
It could be a trick being played on me by the garden fairies. They do stuff like that to me. All the time. In fact, now that I think about it, the toad lilies, which are usually quite late to bloom, started blooming several weeks ago.
What do the toad lilies know?
I'm on high alert now to watch and note when the rest of the fall bloomers, including Colchicum, Solidago, and Symphyotrichum, show up. Will they be early? Will they be on time? What is "on time", anyway? Does their bloom time tell us anything about the upcoming winter?
Time will tell, as they say.
In the meantime, enjoy each flower as it blooms, that's my new motto. And I'm enjoying autumn crocus in my garden.