I am delighted to see several crocuses blooming in the lawn in the first days of February, our last full month of winter.
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.
Where are the other snowdrops, I wonder. I know I’ve planted more than one so I’ll expect more in the days to come.
I noticed the witchhazel is blooming now, too.
This is just the species Hamamelis vernalis. No specific variety. It has a sweet scent which doesn’t exactly waft across the garden. I had to walk up to it and sniff the blooms to notice it.
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.