I had the museum grounds almost to myself late Sunday after an hour or two in the office, then stepped outside to view what was blooming, from "g" (grape hyacinths) to "v" (volunteer violets).
The tulips exploded into bloom late last week, and that led me to wonder how often the folks in Pella, our neighbor to the north, rue the day 80 years ago when the decision was made to link their principal festival, Tulip Time --- this year scheduled for May 7-9 --- to a bulb that despite the best of breeding has a mind of its own and is subject to the vagaries of weather.
Around here, we just enjoy the flowers when they appear and don't worry too much about the timing.
Elsewhere, the creeping phlox is in full bloom.
And volunteer violets are emerging from the cracks.
We have hyacinths of the "grape" variety --- blue and white (with a few periwinkles, too)..
And two varieties, so far, of narcissus.