Crocuses!

Crocus (Crocus vernus) — Poolesville, Maryland

Like clockwork — with the unseasonably warm weather we’ve been experiencing — more spring harbingers have arrived! For several days this week, we have been anywhere from 15-to-25 degrees above normal for this time of year — and the local plants are just exploding with buds and blooms.

First it was the snowdrops, then we saw daffodil shoots coming up (only a few rare blooms yet), and now we have crocuses in our own side yard. Many of the early blooming trees — like maples and others — have buds forming, and it’ll be just a few short weeks (or less!) before they begin to bloom as well.

We certainly hope that this year isn’t a repeat of last year, where we saw the same unusual warming trend, followed by lots of crops — like peaches — blooming early, followed by a very late killing frost on Mother’s Day in mid-May, which totally destroyed many of those early blooming crops.

Spring red lettuce — Poolesville, Maryland

However, the early signs of spring are very welcome for now, and we’ll revel in all of the beauty that they bring!


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Crocus (Crocus vernus) and Spring red lettuce
Poolesville, Maryland
March 2021
Voigtländer 50/2.0 APO lens
Sony a7 III digital camera

Snowdrops Are Blooming

Snowdrops (Galanthus) — Germantown, Maryland

Spring is definitely upon us… we’ve gone from days where the high is 30°F, to days where the high is over 70°F in less than a week. The buds are emerging on the nearby maple trees, green shoots are already well established for the daffodils, and the snowdrops — some of our earliest bloomers — are in full cry.

This is my favorite season of the year, the time when new plant growth has a fresh and wonderful yellow-green pop to it, and we’re surrounded by colors that appear super-saturated.


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Snowdrops (Galanthus)
Black Rock Mill
Darnestown, Maryland
March 2021
Voigtländer 50/2.0 APO lens
Sony a7 III digital camera