Cruel Spring

This jackrabbit had a long wait for fresh greens (and even longer for reds and yellows, if this is the same epicurean who has lately been nibbling on newly opened primrose flowers).

An avalanche of snow off the neighbour's new metal roof collapsed a section of our fence, opening the way for this fellow. He sat here quite a while but the grass refused to turn green.

Successive avalanches of snow off the neighbour’s new metal roof collapsed a section of our fence (thank you), opening the way for this big fellow. He sat quite a while but the grass refused to turn green.

Actually, it was a Pretty Normal Spring, slow to arrive and when it did get here, suddenly scorching hot, cooking the early crocuses to a crisp.

The first flower to appear was a Galanthus (snowdrop), whose leading stem speared through the leaf litter around the 19th of April — about two weeks later than last year and nearly two weeks earlier than in 2011. All three Galanthus that survived the first winter flowered this spring, and each is slowly increasing into a little clump. It’s boring showing pictures of the same plants every spring, but they’re all I’ve got: the Bulbocodium vernum in front (three bulb clumps remaining of five bulbs planted), little yellow crocus in the middle (cooked), and Galanthus behind, two together and the third off to the right.

spring flowers

First flowers in the alpine garden, late April

This crocus wasn’t here last year, or maybe only its leaves were, feeding the bulb so that it would eventually produce a spectacular flower too big to stand up.

giant crocus

Flop.

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