We weren't even out of the parking lot when we saw these lovely Daffodils brightening things up.
Tom suggested a walk around the Pinetium where we know they have a zillion naturalized spring blooming bulbs. Here we saw crocus and winter aconite--not to be confused with Aconitum which you should know if you've been here long enough--or if you listen a bit better than Harry Potter and his pal Ron Weasely to Professor Snape you'd already know its nickname of Wolfsbane. But I digress.
These are Amur Adonis which I don't recall ever seeing before, or perhaps I was just so delighted with the start of spring that I didn't notice they were NOT Winter Aconite. They do look rather similar, you see. The foliage is the major indicator of different flowers. They are said to be in the buttercup family. Who says?
I'm going to go check on my own woodland garden and see if my Helleborus are blooming yet. A bit early but you never know with Helleborus!
The photo doesn't show very well, but all the grass hills along the pinetium path are full of tiny spring bloomers. It looks fantastic in pretty pale blue, pink and lavender in among the slowly greening grass...YAY for spring!
That was just a tiny bit of our playing hookey day. More to come!