My garden is blooming.

2011 apr 7 picture of garden

The flowers actually in bloom are the snowdrops. They come up first (they are there when the snowbanks melt).

2011 apr 7 picture of garden

The other bits of greenery between the snowdrops are crocuses. They are blooming now, but weren’t blooming when the picture was taken.

2011 apr 9 picture of garden

The reddish bits are the tulip leaves coming up. The heftier green at the far corner of the garden are hyacinths.

I have very early blooming varieties of all these things. My garden if finished about when other people’s tulips are blooming. But by that time I can enjoy other people’s gardens — the same way that I hope my neighbours enjoy my garden before theirs is up.