Thursday, February 23, 2012

Guess What I Saw

TODAY'S WEATHER turned out to be semi-cloudy and mild which made my lunch-hour errand-running all the more pleasurable. On the way back to work, along my normal route, a violet-colored object caught my eye. As I drove past, I was delighted by a hundred little crocuses blooming in an otherwise nondescript   lawn. I wanted to stop to get a photo but the clock rushed me on to more important tasks. 

Crocus (taken a few years ago) 
 
You know what this means, don't you? Yep. Spring. Not officially, of course, but the plants are waking up. The days are getting longer and slightly warmer. Hooray!

Crocus (also from a previous year) 
Back in my own garden, I'm watching a clump of early daffodils, predicting they'll be in bloom next week. Then I'll be even more convinced that spring is coming! 

Corylopsis (also from a previous year)
The Corylopsis, pictured above isn't blooming either, yet. But when it does, I'll really be convinced that spring is coming! 

How 'bout you? Any signs of spring in your neck of the woods?

As a little addendum, I just got THIS in my inbox this morning. If you're starved for flowers and have about five minutes, give a look-see! 

As always, 

20 comments:

Alison said...

I haven't noticed any crocuses or daffodils yet, but my snowdrops are up. I really need to get some daffs and crocuses in the ground this fall!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

Yep, Crocuses are blooming here. I would love to see that lawn with all the Crocuses blooming, I bet it looked pretty. Bulbs are up, but no daffodils or tulips blooming yet. My Corylopsis has lots of buds, maybe one is opened. I moved it in the fall and am so glad to see it is going to bloom.

Jess said...

Oh, its all blooming here, as you know. I just looked at your 10 day forecast, and ugh. I think now would be a good time to go on vacation!

Heather McBride said...

Grace, I'm so excited! I saw all kinds of things getting ready to bloom in my new yard - daffodils especially. I think I saw Day Lillies breaking through the ground. And, there is a bush near the front door with purple blooms - almost a Rhodendron, but not. I'll have to take a picture and see what you say it is. :) I love your photography. Awesome!

FlowerLady said...

Even though we don't have a drastic change in seasons down here I do notice spring happening. There is already new growth on my crepe myrtles, spiderworts are starting to bloom, pink flowering trees around the county are in bloom, roses have new growth and blooms too. Jasmines are scenting the air as well as the basket plant flowers, which the bees love.

Enjoy spring happening in your part of the country. I look forward to seeing photos of your gardens.

Have a great weekend ~ FlowerLady

Debbie said...

We had a dusting of snow this morning, so we are white now but here in wisconsin have had hardly any snow this year. I was always expecting to see flowers coming up since the ground was bare and it was so mild..My pond is only half covered with ice now and I can see fish!http://theeverydaygardener.blogspot.com/

Janet, The Queen of Seaford said...

Right now I have crocus envy. This fall they are going in my garden!!! Have lots of daffodils open or just about open...tis spring in SC.

Lona said...

You sound as excited Grace as I was the other day when I spot one tiny yellow crocus bud. LOL! Yes Spring come on already. The days are getting longer and I am loving that too girl. We need light and blooms!

scottweberpdx said...

Absolutely beautiful (love that Oxalis in the background of the first Crocus shot). Yay for spring!!!

HolleyGarden said...

Oh, yes. Crocus, daffodils, and irises are all blooming here. The crab apple tree is starting to bud out, too! Spring is definitely on its way!

Diana said...

Well, the little crocus best cover its little heads. :( We have a light dusting this morning in the south valley and a call for more by tomorrow... not looking forward to a low of 29 tomorrow night. On a cheery note. I am looking at a bit of blue sky right night. Love the photos, Grace...warms my soul. ;)

Donna@Gardens Eye View said...

Funny you should mention this but I have a few crocus and snowdrops coming up...snow right now though and then warming to the 40s on Monday....I do believe we are having early spring weather as well...even the grass is greening...

ricki 'sprig to twig' said...

Your first photo, with the crocus in focus against a slightly blurry background is a standout, and that's saying something with the general high quality of your pix. Keep those spring sightings coming!

Casa Mariposa said...

I've been worried that my crocus would be beat by my daffs but I saw a few blooms this morning. Yay! I still don't think spring is really here. We're in sesonal limbo.

Mindy said...

The signs are in my yard as well. I CAN'T WAIT to play in the dirt!!!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Ah spring, yes, well more snow and -12 C temps predicted here...

Sounds like our spring is somewhat far away.

Your crocus are lovely.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams

David Beaulieu said...

Some of my crocuses are blooming, too -- a pretty impressive statement for a New Englander to be making in February!

Angela said...

I have crocuses coming waking up in the garden. It always amazing to see signs of an upcoming spring.

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Yes, it is spring! It's hard to believe, but I have some crocus plants that are finished blooming.

bakingbarb said...

My gosh Grace that link you sent me too, I could get lost watching it and I want my gardens to look like those (darn weeds).
Not much in our neck of the woods either, it felt like things are late and I was hoping it wasn't just me. Not that I want you or anyone else to have late blooms...