I first noticed some blooms at the end of January. I still remember (or think I do) when seeing winter aconites in February was unusual…
January 25: yellow crocuses under the oak tree
January 29: winter aconite (in bloom for a week or more by this point) and crocuses
February 6: white crocuses (and notice how dry the soil is)
And today, February 19: Tête-à-tête dafodils in the front garden, hellebores front and back (in bloom for some time), and more of the delightful Tommy crocuses.
These crocuses, opening up in sunshine, always make me think of Sara Teasdale’s poem “Barter,” invoked by a long-ago children’s librarian about storytime: “children’s faces looking up/ holding wonder like a cup.”