An Early Spring

Witch Hazel Diane
Witch Hazel Diane

Forget Punxsutawney Phil. We’re already having an early spring, and it’s not even Groundhogs Day yet.  I can’t remember when I’ve had my crocuses blooming this early, but here they are.

Witch Hazel Diane Closeup
Witch Hazel Diane Closeup

It started about three weeks ago, when my Witch Hazel started blooming about a month early. That Witch Hazel is one that we bought to replace the coral bark maple we lost in an ice storm. And now here it is blooming with those gorgeous reddish orange blooms.

Snowdrops
Snowdrops

About the same time, my snowdrop started blooming. I don’t know what happened to the other clump I had, but at least I have this one. These are also about 3 to 4 weeks early.

Hellebore
Hellebore

My hellebores have been blooming one by one since December, which is a little bit early but not by much.  I would say these are maybe two weeks early.

Crocuses
Crocuses

And then lastly, I actually had my crocuses start blooming yesterday. That is very early for us. I don’t think I have ever had them bloom before the beginning of March. But here they are.

I had anticipated some early blooms because we’ve had a pretty mild winter. But this is really unusual. And I am as happy as I can be.