I knew to go look while the sun was still shining.
Rain is on the way. Maybe a touch of snow to top it off. The sky was going to turn cloudy.
After two days of warm sunshine more crocus were bound to be out. Dark clouds would cause them to close up shop.
I found many more blooming today, but this is just the beginning. Hundreds more crocus lurk in the leaf litter.
I also found the first signs of trouble from the wacky weathers of this winter that wasn't. Daffodils don't freeze. It appears that daffodil flower stalks can freeze though. After last week's snow and 5 degree low these stems are dessicated and bent. The flower buds look like they are starting to shrivel. I also found a helleborus in the same condition. Unless this is some flower stem boring insect, I think they got froze bent. Fortunately this was an isolated finding.
It is these kinds of things when gardening becomes lessons for life. I am not in control and must accept the things I can not change. It is far better to focus on the beauty that still surrounds me every moment in time.
The anemones were unfazed.
The crocus take advantage of sunny 60 degree days.
They will patiently wait out the dreary and colder days ahead.
There will be better days to bloom again.