First Day of Spring

First Day oI  Spring


I wonder if the sap is stirring yet,

If wintry birds are dreaming of a mate,

If frozen snowdrops feel as yet the sun 

And crocus fires are kindling one by one:

sing robin, sing;

I am sore in doubt concerning Spring.

 Christina Rossetti

 I know–I already used this poem earlier this year, but it is still apt.

Friends of mine have seen flocks of robins and heard Sandhill Cranes whooping on their way north, but I have seen neither. But non-naive Winter Aconite poked out of the ground yesterday and opened its petals wide, a month later than last year, but more in sync with past years.

 First Day of Spring 2013

Earliest bulb, Winter Aconite (Eranthus hymelis) first day in bloom 3/20/13 at my house.


Last year, Winter Aconite began to bloom a month earlier–this photo was taken 2/18/12.

Last year, Bloodroot began to bloom on my birthday, March 17, along with Dutchman’s Breeches and Penn and Long-beaked Sedge, followed quickly by Virginia Bluebells.

 First day of spring 2012

Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis) in bloom  3/21/12  at my house

Penn Sedge (Carex pensylvanica) in bloom at my house 3/21/12


Dutchman’s Breeches (Dicentra cucularia) blooming at my house 3/21/12


Virginia Bluebells (Mertensia virginiana) at my house 3/27/12.


Hazelnut (Corylus americana) catkins in bloom last year, 3/14/12.  The drought last summer and fall prevented the catkins from even forming last year so there are none at all this spring.

First day of Spring, 2013–yesterday–this year.

And this was last year–first day of Spring 2012



Bowl of pansy plants my daughter gave me last year.


Actually, last year, with its earliest ever spring, pleasant as it was, was far more worrisome than is this more typical Chicagoland spring this year.


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