The spring bulbs are slowly starting to bloom. On Sunday, I noticed the fritillaria, a small, but unusually colored bulb was blooming. Monday, the daffodils that brighten up my raspberry bed also opened up. In the dim light before sunset, they seemed especially cheerful. The tulips in front remain shut tight, but one pleasant aspect of this slow spring is that the Siberian squill are having a long bloom season. A few yards in the older part of my town are a sea of blue blooms this time of year.