Observing the Crocuses from their level shows lovely brushstrokes and subtle coloration. To find the emerging shoots poking up out of the earth, the gardener must get close.The dark leaves of Mertensia virginica remind me of cabbage.Polemium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' sprouts the color of ruby cabernet before turning cream and green.The tiny new leaves of Alchemilla mollis hold drops of dew.
Up close, the flowers share their secrets. This one dreams of being a ballerina.These Crocuses think they're mushrooms.This little yellow one feels like the odd man out.These sprouts are having a Sci-Fi fantasy that they are creatures from another world.Get down on your knees, look closely, and see what your flowers have to say. They might surprise you.