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In Full Bloom: Winter vs. Spring: 0 -1

We've all noticed it: Spring is struggling this year. Snow and cold are trying their best to keep winter in place. But rest assured, Spring is fighting back, and judging by the flowers, it's winning!

Photo by stratski

Although I always enjoy a good winter, spring can never come too early for me. When the days are starting to grow longer again, I can’t wait for the weather to improve as well. This year, we’ve not been very lucky here. April is almost upon us, and still, the snow and cold persist. Not even proper snow, either, but ghastly sleet that doesn’t create pretty pictures, just wetness and coldness. But, just as I started to despair, I noticed my garden. There are flowers blooming!

The main attraction about flower bulbs for me is not merely the pretty flowers, but the fact that they’re always the first thing to start growing. After those long months of snow and rain, and bleak browns and greys, finally, some color outside!

The irises are first to appear, quickly followed by the crocuses. And once I’m on my knees taking pictures, I start noticing other things as well. The hellebores are back, and I can already see the daffodils forming buds.

The violets have been struggling in the cold, but as soon as they get a little sun, they bounce back and flower on like there never was a winter.

When I spotted the bright yellow witch-hazel — so bright it’s hard to miss — I realize: all this cold will come to and end. Winter may fight, but in the end, Spring always wins.

written by stratski

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