Like most gardeners, I love it when I see the first flowers of spring. All you southerners and westerners get to see pansies and other cool season bloomers all winter. Not so, us northerners. It’s a special event with the first ones come along. Usually, it’s the crocuses, or perhaps the hellebores. I had both this year at about the same time. It was remarkable to me that these plants had obviously been growing beneath the snow. Within a few days of the drifts melting off, these things were already in bloom. The pansises were only a few days behind. A few years ago, I had some blooming in January. Scared everybody to death over global warming. Regardless of what the long term climate is doing, this year proves that Mother Nature is as unpredictable as ever. First blooms — March 13. I’m glad you’re here, and better late than never. Next year, a little earlier, okay?!