Maggie came by last week with this lovely little bunch of snowdrops wrapped in several ivy leaves ... so simple and so effective!
When out this morning I found these irises (Iris reticulata) had pushed themselves up midst the strewn dried leaves still on the ground. We had a big dump of snow last week and then the next day the sun shone, the snow melted and out came the first flowers!
This is a screen shot of the colours in the above photo. Did you know to take a screen shot of a certain section on your computer screen, like the one above, you simply press Shift - Control - 4. That gives you a little circle with a cross in it. (You can let go of the 3 keys.) Drag the little circle with the cross over the area you wish to "snapshot" and then let it go, i.e. stop. Presto! It is saved as a .png image to the desktop automatically (at least on my computer it is).
Last October I planted several dozen tulip bulbs of different varieties in big plastic pots that my gardening neighbour gave me. They have all come up mainly because (a) I put them in pots and not the ground to outsmart the squirrels and (b) I put netting over the pots. Success! Here is one pot getting the first of the late winter-early spring sunshine. Oh what a joy in the early morning when I walk out the back door on to the patio (south facing - wonderful)!
These plane tree seedlings with their fat heads and winged tails have suddenly all sprouted. They are everywhere! I picked up this handful on a corner of the lawn. Even though the days and nights are clear and cold these seem to thrive!