When I left on Saturday, I did the glance back at the house, just to make sure that the garage door had closed and so forth, that glance you do, and saw that there were a couple bits of yellow from crocus blooming.
Then the snows came. But this morning, I went out and took a couple of pictures. I really like the first picture.
One of the things I enjoy about the blog is that you can look back and see when you post about things. I was thinking that our spring is unusually early this year, but looking back, I can see that I often have pictures of crocus up in mid-March, so spring's pretty much on track with many other years.
These are all from the area where I tried to make a crocus smile the fall before last. This year, a few crocus are up, but not at all enough to tell that there's supposed to be a pattern.
I forced some bulbs this fall/spring, and now have a couple of tulips blooming in the house. Unfortunately, I've had a really bad infestation of aphids, which killed some of the tulips as they were coming up. They also killed some of the artichoke plants, much to my dismay. I finally got to the point where I got some insecticidal soap, and I get a paper towel wet with the soap and then gently wipe down the leaves, killing some aphids from the wiping, more than anything, I think. It grosses me out for some reason, but I'm desperate to try to save the remaining artichokes, so I do it every few days.
At any rate, here's a close up of some tulip pollen. (The flower is leaning a bit, so the photo isn't actually on its side.)