HAVILAND, OH -- At 5:20 p.m. EDT today, the first bloom of the season was spotted by Romie. Even though Kylee had spent several hours in the gardens throughout the day, cleaning up leaves and pruning dead away, she failed to notice the quiet appearance of the Double Snowdrop (Galanthus nivalus).
Once the discovery had been made, Kylee grabbed the camera as she flew out of the house to take a look. The sight of the miniature bloom brought her to her knees. While she was down there, she snapped these photos, in order to record the event for posterity:
Kylee reported, "I just couldn't believe I didn't notice this! I've been going over the gardens with a fine-toothed comb for several days now, looking for this very thing! Sometimes you just can't see the forest for the trees. Oh well, the important thing is that this marks the beginning of the spring bulb season, a time we wait for all winter. The crocuses can't be far behind, and then there will be the tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths. This is a happy day indeed, and I encourage all Zone 5 gardeners to be vigilant so you don't miss this in your own gardens!"
Romie - a man of few words - simply smiled.