Spring is finally here. Not for very long though – there were only five warm days. March and the beginning of April were extremely cold, about 4oC colder than average. My flower beds looks pretty messy after such a long winter. Spring’s cold did more damage than all the winter, especially for evergreen plants. For the moment my garden is very wet and seems not photogenic at all. It will need a little bit more time to recover. However it is impressive how fast nature tries to overtake arrears. All the hillsides are covered with yellow flowers of coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara). First flowers are humming from bees; I even saw the first butterfly yesterday. Although the lake is still covered with ice frogs are already active onshore, and a couple of swans returned. I think the spring will come like an explosion this year.
It is so nice I finally have blooms in my garden to share. The first bloomers in my garden are Crocus chrysanthus. I always wait for them to bring first colours in to my flower beds. Lilac ones are always the first; while light yellow are my favourites.
Crocus vernus opens few days later. I love these very much because they are a present from my husband. There are some husbands who bring home a bunch of flowers; but I am so happy mine is a “bulb type” (although he was sure that these are tulips :)).
Spring snowflakes (Leucojum vernum) are also one of the first bloomers. I don’t know why they are less popular than snowdrops. Snowflakes seem to be even more persistent bloomers.
My other spring flowers a just waking up. Few days more are needed to Puschkinia libanotica and Scylla sibirica. This week should be warm, so maybe I’ll just post some additional photos later. I am just longing for beautiful pictures.
I know that spring was late in many countries of Europe. I hope it finally burst with warmth and colours everywhere. Happy GBBD! Let’s meet on Carols May Dream Gardens to share our experience.