Hard to believe with the snow we had last week but here on the west coast spring is definitely in the air. Our domestic hazelnut has produced catkins (so that’s why we’ve never gotten hazelnuts!) and along the south side of our house crocuses are poking through the snow.
I’m not sure if it’s the bright yellow of the flower that reflects the light bouncing off the snow that creates the little pockets of space around the plants but it sure is interesting – the flowers were only open on the one sunny day we had this weekend. I did find one reference that crocuses generate heat by an exothermic chemical reaction. Apparently the flowers and leaves are also covered with a waxy coating which protects them from late snow and frost.
What a spectacular way to start the gardening season … in February!
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