Late yesterday afternoon, we had to rush our sweet kitty Regis to the vet for emergency bladder stone surgery:
Thankfully, he is recovering nicely today (tho still in the hospital) so now I can share some far less stressful news. Blooming a full ten days earlier they did in 2010 ~ the winter aconites (Eranthis hyemalis)!
If you don't have this tiny bulb planted in your garden, I highly recommend adding it. Last year, it even beat the snowdrops to bloom!! I discovered it while searching for early bloomers several years ago and am so glad I did. Anything to add color to the winter landscape and speed up spring, right?
This little bulb is an heirloom, dating back to the 1500's. It's kind of cool to think I have something growing in my garden that's been around so long.
One thing for sure, now that I know about it, I'll never be without it.