Tuesday, February 17, 2009

On Seeing the First Flowers of Spring

There it was, poppping its head out of the cold ground as I passed by. I stopped to enjoy its quaint beauty. It was then that I realized that the ugly grip of winter has been broken.

The snowdrop or Galanthus is one of the first flowers to bloom. It is common in Europe and was thought to have been brought there by the Romans.

Nearby I spotted a Witch Hazel with its blossoms open in the bright sun. Were the temperature a bit warmer, the fragrance would have been over-powering. Goldcrest or Hamamelis mollis is the variety.

Tonight's forcast is for a 'wintery mix' as old man winter lets us know that it ain't over just yet.

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