During the start of spring cleaning my garden, I wandered around with a camera on Saturday and took note of the first of the 2012 blooms. Plants are sprouting everywhere, popping up here and opening tender leaves there. And it is far too early to consider we've seen the last of Winter.
I know, my Darlings (speaking to the daffodils now), that you're far past ready to stick up your heads and get growing. Like the early worm for the migrating birds, however, you're just going to get yourselves hurt. Yes, we've seen a lot of days in the 60's and 70's, and I know it was above 60 and sunny for the last trio of days, but the weatherperson tells us it will then get cold again. Highs in the 50's, lows in the 30's for the rest of the week.
Wasting my breath, aren't I? I've got about as good a chance of the bulbs listening to me as I do getting Mrs. ProfessorRoush and her diminutive clone to follow my lead. Look at the first beautiful blooms that are out already. I found my first Siberian Squill (Scilla siberica) up and starting to bloom this weekend, glorious in its breathtaking blue reflection of the Kansas sky.
And, popping up among the roses, a bright cheerful Iris reticulata to contrast its dark blue and yellow against the brown grass mulch.
Worst of all, for me, is the fact that a number of roses are beginning to leaf out, just like the 'Ballerina' at the right. Too fast. Too fast, my dancing beauty, because your thin canes and tender leaves are just going to be left shivering in the wind.
A prayer, please, for those who are about to get slammed with a late freeze. You know it's coming. I know it's coming. We can forecast it. The plants can only carry the history of climate in their genes. So many cold days followed by so many warming days and they think it's time to bloom. Well, my Loves, not this year do the old patterns work. Be slow this year. Be patient this year. Listen not to the warm sunlight. Listen not to the warming southern winds. This is Kansas, not Florida. Hell's demons spend their Spring Break on our prairies.