March 3, 2021. A glorious day, high of 57. Snow drops as indications that spring will soon burst upon us. A forecast of days to come, without rain. Maybe not as warm as today, but beautiful none the less. The snow drops are the earliest of my spring bulbs to bloom, easily beating out the crocus and daffodils.
Snow drops are part of a group of plants known as ephemerals. They have a short growth season, often in early spring before trees leaf out. They take full advantage of early spring sun light, then die back to nothing as trees leaf out and block the light. These snow drops self seed, so the patch gets bigger and bigger for the spring spectacle. I have crocus, wood hyacinths, and grape hyacinths which are also ephemeral, and should bloom in a couple of weeks.