I checked my garden journal, which I will admit contains mostly sporadic notes these days, and discovered that the crocuses have been in bloom this time of the year for the last several years.
It was a good reminder to me of the difference between being surprised because something unexpected happened and being delighted because something nice happened as expected.
Like crocuses blooming in the lawn in early February.
The crocuses are the earliest blooms in my garden this year, beating out by a day or two one lone snowdrop.
I noticed the witchhazel is blooming now, too.
But that is the garden in late winter. Nothing is going to smack you down with a big surprise. Blooms must be sought out and when found will make you smile with delight.