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Small things

The March challenge for Take It Further is

“Do you ever notice the little things, the small moments, the details in life? This months challenge is to do just that, pay attention to the tiny details. Sometimes the small things become emblematic for something larger.”

Some of the tiny details I’m watching for are the early indicators that spring is coming, that I’m not doomed to endless months of ice and snow. The earliest flowers that appear in this area are winter aconite (Eranthis hyemalis). These are tiny, tiny flowers – little gems, about half the size of crocuses, with a flower about the size of a thumbnail. Here’s a picture:

(Source: Martin Olsson – Wikipedia)

These appear about a week earlier than crocuses, and their vivid yellow bursts through the last snow, the rotting leaves, and accumulated mess from the winter. They’re one of the first signs that spring is indeed coming. After these appear, the crocuses show up, and then several days later the earliest daffodils, and then everything else comes in a mad rush and pretty soon it is June and the garden isn’t in yet.

For this month’s challenge, I’m using these flowers as a starting point.