The sun came out briefly the other day and I suddenly realized the perennial beds are full of blooming snowdrops. I'm always surprised by this: I notice the first green shoots and then all of a sudden there are white nodding flowers everywhere.
I got curious about the date - after all, it seems so darn early. What sane plant would be even poking its head above ground right now, never mind blooming? So I went back into the Mucky Boots archives and found each year's first post about snowdrops, and it turns out we're bang on schedule:
2011: February 6
2010: January 19
On schedule except for 2010, that is. That year they were making up for their very late appearance (because of the horrible winter) the year before.
They are such a happy sight. Reassurance and anticipation all in one little white and green bundle.