With the shift in seasons I'm never sure if it is early spring or late winter in Bethesda. One day it is freezing and I am layering with a sweater or two, a fleece jacket, a heavy scarf and an old stadium coat. Two days later it is in the mid fifties and I am walking about the neighborhood in a light sweater and a open jacket. With my new dog I am spending a lot more time outdoors walking the neighborhood - and every day seems to require a new combination of jackets, gloves, sweaters and hats. Still, those warmer days are working their magic. Today when Arthur and I were stalking through the leaves beside the sidewalk, I found these snowdrops!
Snowdrops are some of the earliest flowering bulbs to emerge in spring, often when there is still snow on the ground! White, bell-shaped flowers appear as downward-facing ‘drops’ on narrow bright green stems, signaling winter’s end. These charming blooms are deer resistant according to a nursery website - which is a good thing to know since there are so many deer in my neighborhood. Another good thing about snowdrops is that they will multiply readily, and are well-suited to being planted under deciduous trees that allow sunlight in spring and shade in the heat of summer, when Snowdrops go dormant.
When you look at the sky as you are walking, you see lots of wonderful things - birds and budding trees and figures in the clouds. There is sunshine and stars and airplanes flying by - and dreams and hope - there is lots to see when you lift your head as you go through life - but there is also a lot to see when you look down at your feet to watch where you are walking. Not only is a good idea to keep track of where your feet are - and where you are going - but sometimes you find a little bit of magic peeking out of a bunch of dead leaves. Maybe things are actually better than we think we know. Snowdrops in a bunch of dead leaves - pretty awesome.