In a temperate continental climate there is always a stretch of time called by those with an optimistic inclination – early spring. Surely it’s not winter anymore, and it’s not spring yet; this is the ‘in between’.
A whole plethora of plants will fast come into bloom as soon as it gets warm: snowdrops, crocuses, winter aconites (Eranthis), Cyclamen coum, some Helleborus, Corydalis solida, to name just a few. Others like Stylophorum, Corydalis nobilis, Lathyrus vernus, Hepatica, Primulas will show up wearing tight future flower buds – a tantalising promise.
The ‘in between’ can bring great joy and also even greater disappointments when very low temperatures return abruptly.
But even so, every day means one more step that helps to cross the ‘in between’ – to spring! :)
All images of yesterday (before the last night temperature of -9˚C!)
*Primula species were grown from seeds, and I eagerly await for P. elatior ssp. meyeri (a wild collection from Abkhazia) to flower!