Chives a foot tall bear tiny, tight onion dome buds of deep-purple; florid green mint spikes pop up along the backs of beds; the first leaves unfurl on blueberry and cherry, hydrangea and rose while the forsythia is in flower. I have to remind myself it is only ten days into February.
While I luxuriate in the unseasonably warm days that are behind this early bloom, it is not without a frisson of concern: we always get a cold snap in March. Hard freeze kind of cold snap. Killing cold snap. Hasn't snowed this year, either; not yet. Always does.
Yes, this early spring is leaving me a bit conflicted.
I am not, however, conflicted about the herb garden in late spring. This is one of my favorite corners: a bed of herbs and flowers tucked under a lovingly pruned Fullmoon Maple. I've tucked a desktop sized copy of it here for you to download if you'd like a bit of early spring yourself: The sage bed in May