Wednesday, February 17, 2016

First Crocus of 2016

We are having very warm weather this week. In fact, tomorrow is suppose to be 80 degrees.  Then, we'll get back to the 60s.  
I took this afternoon to prune the bushes and a few smaller trees.  I need my wonderful husband to help with the big trees.  
While I was outside, I noticed a crocus blooming.  I apologize for the blurry photo.

I've been keeping track of the first crocus bloom each year since starting this blog.

2015 February 8
2014 February 15
2013 February 3
2012 January 30
2011 February 23
2010 March 4

A lot of plants are starting to sprout, but I didn't clean up any flower beds.  We could drop below freezing a lot yet and could still get a lot of snow.  Nothing's certain.  
Just enjoying the nice days when they come our way.


  1. I don't have an crocus planted but the first crocus is certainly a red letter day!

  2. That's the whole trick, I suppose---just take each beautiful day as it comes while keeping in mind it's just not "the norm".
    I'm at MINUS 7 right now at 4 am. I hear the siding "popping" from the cold. What a difference between us.
    Enjoy your beautiful weather. (and crocus!!)

    1. We've only dipped to the teens so far this winter. A bit unusual. We have had more moisture though which is good. On warm days, I'm continuing to drain the bathtub to the garden. Now that I have the handy hose, it's easy. I

  3. How neat is that! It's always exciting seeing something show up again in our gardens.

    Have a great day ~ FlowerLady

  4. GonSS, the weather here in Nebraska is warming up too. Not quite as much as 80 degrees but we will take 60s any day. The ground is still frozen and there are patches of snow in the shaded areas. suspect after three days of 60s the snow will be gone and the ground will be on the way to thawing out. We are hardly past the threat of Winter weather but we are hopeful that the worst is over.

    I did see a Spring flower sprouting up through the mulch a few days ago. It's either a tulip or a hyacinth. I don't keep any official notes about first flowering but just a metal record of when I see the first sprout poking up through the ground. It's usually toward the end of February. This is a bit early for bulbs to be sprouting but I guess they know what they're doing. It's a mystery of nature to me for them to know when to start growing. I find it hard to believe they go by day length when they are buried in frozen ground and can't see the day length.

    Have a great 80 degree day.

  5. Isn't it interesting how one year can be so different from another? Some years when they 'say' we will have an early spring, we don't. AND --then when they say we won't have an early spring, we DO.... Weather and Nature is so interesting --and unpredictable.

    We have had a fairly mild winter here --but we have had a little snow this year which is MUCH better than the ICE STORMS we had last year.


    1. Can you remember if 2012 had a warm winter?

    2. Sallysmom, I do thin 2012 was warm. Looking back at my posts from that year, I see a lot of things bloomed in March which don't usually bloom until late April. That was a very hot summer in 2012. Hope we aren't getting that again.

  6. What a blessing to be able to enjoy warmth and an afternoon in the garden! I love the crocus! We have had a lot of rain, which makes getting out in the yard a muddy experience! Have a nice weekend.

  7. In Poland we have a warm winter too. The gardens blooming crocuses, willow is based, snowdrops, witch hazel, Helleborus. In Poland feels spring :) Kisses :)

  8. I simply love these little bulbs. Ours just started blooming too! Blurry photo or not gotta love those little cheery blooms.

  9. It's always exciting when the first crocus bloom. :o)

  10. We have a clump blooming, too. I am excited to see signs of spring!

  11. I've had some purple crocus flowering for a little while. Unfortunately the birds always make a mess of them although they leave the yellow and white ones alone. But it's so heartening to see things sprouting from the ground.


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