opened its first bud this morning.
Just in time to save me from going completely stir crazy. My daughter and I have been inside the house for three days straight (our absolute max limit) because of the weather. Monday, we had snow and high temperatures in the single digits. Yesterday, daytime temperatures never even got above zero and the prediction for last nights low was 20 below. Mercury readings that make wimps like us shudder! My thermometer doesn't seem to be reading correctly so I'm not sure if we actually hit that low or not? Maybe I don't want to know??
Today is forecasted to be in the single digits again but the good news is that we go up from here. :-)
Hard to believe I was sitting outside, in my shorts, enjoying 65 degree temperatures just last Friday! The bees were out with me, looking for anything they could find. Feeling bad for them (two snowdrops don't go far) I shared my tulip bouquet (just like I've done in previous years.) I was almost ready to pitch it anyway and, at this time of year, they aren't picky about "past the peak" blooms. In very short order, every tulip was swarmed with bees:
I don't see temperatures that nice in our extended forecast but at least we all had that one fabulous day. A break like that goes a long way in the middle of winter...
And so does a gorgeous Moth (phalaenopsis) orchid bloom!