Sunday, February 11, 2024

Early birds

 According to the calendar, we're in mid-winter; officially it runs from the end of December to the end of March. The plants in my garden and the huckleberries in the woods think it's spring. My bleeding hearts, in deep shade, surrounded by chilly concrete, have sent up enthusiastic pink sprouts. My pots of perennials are all over new leaves.

Last year, the first of the snowdrops were blooming the second week of March. Here they are, already in flower at the end of January:

Looks like they're huddled together for warmth. Just before sunset on a grey day.

Cast iron birds surrounded by crocus and hyacinth sprouts.

And those bleeding hearts, hidden away in the dark.

In the forest, the huckleberry stems are a strong green, their tiny buds red-tipped. My camera wanted to look at the trees beyond. Oh, well.

Según el calendario, estamos a medio invierno; corre desde finales de diciembre hasta finales de marzo. Pero las plantas en my jardín y los arándanos rojos en el bosque creen que ya estamos en la primavera. Mis corazones sangrantes, creciendo en sombra densa, rodeados de paredes de cemento frio, son optimistas y ya subieron sus brotes color de rosa. Mis macetas con plantas perennes están todas cubiertas de hojitas verdes.

Y las campanillas de invierno, que el año pasado producieron flores en la segunda semana de marzo, ahora florecieron el último de enero.

  1. Las campanillas (snowdrops). En la tarde de un dia gris.
  2. Mis pajaritos de hierro, rodeados de brotes de crocus y de jacinto.
  3. Y los brotes del corazón sangrante, escondidos allí en la sombra.
En el bosque, los tallos de los arándanos rojos lucen un verde fuerte, y sus botoncitos están rojos. Mi cámara quiso mirar los árboles más distantes. Total; es la vida.

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