I note when the crocus in my garden start blooming each year as they are the season's first flowers. This year, the crocus started blooming on the latest date noted so far -- March 10. For us, we've had a cold, snowy winter. If you saw the March Tour of GonSS, I'm sure you noticed all the white in the garden. Parts of the garden are still under snow, but a lot of it melted yesterday allowing the crocus to get some sunshine and bloom. Seeing the crocus bloom today made me smile. I feel like they are a gift from my mom. She passed away on March 10 last year. 2018 was a sad year for me with my mom gone and a dear aunt, my mom's sister, passing in August. Plus, a special friend/coworker died suddenly at a young age last spring and so many other friends have lost a parent. Through it all, my garden gave me a place to recharge and work while my heart hoped for happier days. While I'm missing special people, there is still much to enjoy and celebrate. For instance, in 2018 my wonderful husband and I celebrating our silver wedding anniversary. So, here's to a new year of blooms in the garden starting today. Thanks Mom.
First crocus bloom of the year: 2018 February 17 2017 February 10