The warm temperatures we had yesterday brought out kids, walkers, bicyclists, gardeners–and a few first blooms, too.
I found two things blooming in my garden yesterday. The tiny Iris reticulata is one of the first irises to bloom. Its only about 4 inches tall, bloom and all, but finding it under dried leaves and other vestiges of winter is a joy. Out front, my crocus suddenly popped up. (My neighbors’ crocus have been up for a week or so.) They were wide open and blooming yesterday, but closed up against the cold and wind today. You can’t blame them for that.
I also detected the foliage, but no blooms yet, for the squill that is often one of the first signs of spring in my yard. It usually blooms about the first week of April, though I suspect it may come a bit later this year. For reference, I blogged about the iris on March 25, 2010 — so we are definitely behind last year.
What are the first blooms in your garden?