And then it was spring!

This was a good weekend.  Not so much Saturday with blustery cold winds and stray snow and rain…. more so Sunday with calm sunshine and some of the highest temperatures of the year!  Of course Saturday (the cold day) was the open day for Hitch Lyman’s garden, so trust me you’ll hear more about that, but for now I just want to bask in the warmth that was.  Pansies were on the list and Perennial Point did not disappoint.

pansies for sale

Just one of several pansy filled flower benches

Perennial Point is my go-to nursery for the best plants in my neck of Pennsylvania.  This was their opening weekend, and I’m always glad to see them back especially after nearly losing them three years ago when the Susquehanna River flooded, spreading plants far and wide and covering the whole place in over ten feet of rushing water.  They’ve rebuilt, and the new and improved is overflowing with spring goodies.  Here’s the interior filled with more delicate things not ready for the frosty nights.

spring greenhouse

A spring greenhouse overflowing with all that’s good about ending winter.

I have to say my daughter was very patient while I looked around.  Not every 5 year old tolerates plant shopping as a follow up to her first day of T-ball practice.  Stopping for  chicken nuggets helped, and she got to pick out one of these trays of primula for mommy.  How could I not at $4.59 a tray (four plants)!!?

spring primulas

Some perfect primulas. I hope the ones I bought stay this nice for at least a week or two.

I could have hung out for a while among the spring color and fragrance, but ice cream was promised so off we went.  I wanted to carry out another spring tradition, the visiting of a local spring snowflake patch near the ice cream shop.  The snowflakes (the good kind!) were in full bloom and although there were fewer than in years past (there’s been some careless construction going on) there was still a nice patch filling the creekside hollow.

naturalized leucojum vernum

Naturalized snowflakes (leucojum vernum). Notice the cool green tips on the flower petals?

I love snowflakes (leucojum vernum).  They open just after the snowdrops, usually just as soon as the soil thaws, and because of that they’re always a special part of spring.  This group is just a few feet away from a creek, and I think they do well in damp ground, but they also do just fine in a regular garden setting.  Good luck finding them though, I hear the bulbs resent drying out and as a result few sellers carry them.  But they’re worth a search, and even better if you can find a special form with yellow tips to the blooms or double flowers…. if you do keep me in mind!  Sharing is caring 😉