Monday, January 31, 2011
If you won't believe me, I will understand. This morning, during my walk, I watched a hummingbird perch on a branch ahead of me and then fly away. A hummingbird... in January!!
I was incredulous and I had to tell my next door neighbour (who has lived out west many years more than I have) and he confirmed that they stay up here all winter. Gracious, what do they eat?
Inspired by the sunshiney day, I went into my wee back garden and looked around until I spotted a crocus. A lovely, dainty brave little crocus! My fist-sized rhubard root is sprouting some pink above the earth. It is the size of a lady's knuckle. Ooohh I'm imagining a rhubarb pie in a few months.
Scattered along my walkway into the house, there are 6 or 7 purple Primulas blooming. Those hardy little plants hide their colour away for a few weeks during our frost or occasional snow... then they are back! Their attitude is defiant and entertaining. I can imagine the primula taunting the weather, "You can throw your worst at me but I'm no shrinking violet! I have Primula Power and I WILL blossom and bloom. You can't stop me. " (Gosh, this sunny day is affecting my imagination, my friends.)
I won't go into the imaginings of what the tiny Snowdrop flowers would be saying. That would be just too weird. (Are you smiling?)
I only know that the next time I see snowdrop bulbs for sale, I plan on loading up because they are little Belles of the Ball in my front garden.
I am soooo spoiled. Don't you agree?