Does it look like spring where you live? Around here, the first signs are beginning to reveal themselves.
After a long cold winter I routinely pace the stepping stones each day, along my flower beds to catch the very first signs of “green”. Anything that shows “green” gets me so excited that I squeal with delight, and loud enough for my little boys to hear me so that they too will run over to see what Mom is squealing about. They are 3 and 5 this spring, and I’ve implanted this giddiness for the first signs of spring into them as well. And to hear 2 little boys squealing about flower, pointing them out to me, is pure joy.
So, for us here in St. Lucas, Iowa, our very first signs of spring are the Crocus. I have them planted in several spots, in flower beds, under a pear and a cherry tree . . . . . and their blooms reassure me that warmer days really are ahead. I especially love that they bloom despite the damp, bone-chilling temps of early spring, which often include a few blankets of snow. The Crocus, I guess you could say, are like a trigger for me. As indicated by my squeals, I am instantly overflowing with excitement that “IT” really is here. Not like I thought it would not come this year, because when was the last time mother nature skipped a season? But those of us that live where the winter seems to drag on and on and on . . . . and on, we NEED this trigger, this blatant sign of optimism. SPRING! My sign is the Crocus flowers.
I love this little bloom so dearly, that I’ve incorporated it into some of my designs. Which for some, answers the question “Julie, where do you come up with your ideas”.
I used Crocus flowers in both. The Pussy willows would easily come in 2nd as one of my favorite 1st signs of spring.
Then there are the Tulips and Daffodils. And oh, that reminds me, my Daffodils are all sprouted and the shoots are up about 3 inches . . . . . insert squeals here! It’s only a matter of time until the orchestra of spring blooms begins BOOMING here in our yard! YAY!
Does your heart ache for the first signs of Spring too? If you wish to show off your blooms too, please post pictures. The more blooms the merrier.
And I have one request of you: if you have made any of my designs containing my beloved Crocus, or any other blooms, would you please post a picture of it here, or on our Face Book page?
. . . . and that concludes my love for crocus.