It is cloudy, and hovering right about freezing, in a couple days, we're predicted to get lows in the teens again, but spring is on its way! I took a stroll through the Beal Gardens on Michigan State's campus, and here are the blooms I enjoyed:
Witch Hazel (Hamamelis mollis)
I love these flowers -- like little streamers of crape paper celebrating the incoming season!
Double Snowdrop (Galanthus -- not sure what species. They all look the same to me.)
Snowdrops are such a joy, though I wish they were a bit... rowdier. They're so elegant and understated, which is all well and good in the summer and fall, but right now I want COLOR!
Color which is happly provided by:
Winter Aconite (Eranthus hyemalis)
Because it was cloudy, they kept their flowers closed, but even so, they are such a cheery shade of yellow. This fall I am going to have to order several hundred of them and plant them in my yard. Sneak into parks and plant them after dark. Give them to the neighbors. Because in March, in Michigan what we need is bright yellow flowers EVERYWHERE!