Snow Crocus and Vernal Witch Hazel

I can’t resist taking pictures of the first signs of spring.


Yellow snow crocus opens on a sunny afternoon.


I love the lines and design on the outside of the snow crocus.  These flowers get a lot of afternoon sun.  I don’t think it will be too long before the other crocuses start to form flowers.


The vernal witch hazel flowers have been blooming for a while.  I had a lot of trouble getting a picture that focused on the flowers and not the background, but I think that just shows that I need to learn more about my camera.


What crazy looking flowers.  I really like the leaves on this shrub, but looking back through my pictures it does not look like I took many pictures of the leaves.  My witch hazel shrub is often hidden behind the lilac or the ornamental grass.  I will have to make a point to take pictures of the leaves this year.


We pruned the American plum tree to get rid of branches that hung down when trying to mow the lawn.  I think we did the final pruning to get  rid of lower branches on the chinquapin oak tree.  We try to prune when the temperature is above freezing, but it freezes at night.


I bought six different kinds of sedum plants a few years ago and the dragon’s bloom sedum is mixing with this other variety now.


Among the dead Alchemilla mollis lady’s mantle leaves a new fan-shaped green leaf appeared.


I thought the curly parsley finally died at the end of January, but it does not look quite dead yet.  During the fall and winter I tried to chew a little piece of parsley whenever I went into the garden, just because the green seemed like winter vitamins.


Hardy strawberries look like they need some thinning and straw around them in order to have good fruit this spring and summer.  It is not quite time to do that yet.


Dan went out and completely turned the compost leaf pile.  There were some wet spots from kitchen scraps and quite a few dry spots where it had burned to ash, and it really needed a good mix to speed it up again.


The mini daffodils have a sunny spot and we should have tiny, yellow flowers blooming before long.

2 thoughts on “Snow Crocus and Vernal Witch Hazel

  1. scribelady

    Seeing yellow crocus or daffodils cheers me up. We have purple crocus blooming in the back yard, which gets the afternoon sun. Out front, a purple crocus is almost ready to bloom. The other crocuses aren’t ready yet. Purple crocus bloom first, followed by white, then yellow. The daffodils look as though they have flower buds on them, and the hyacinths are coming along, though won’t be ready to bloom yet. I like being able to predict what will bloom when–what to look forward to.

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