Our backyard is covered in these little gems...
and they were a total surprise!
The best kind of surprise that a gardener could hope for.
We had moved into our new home in the fall of 2007 all aglow with the excitement of getting to finally have our own garden. The yard was a very typical town lot, lots of grass, a few mature trees and not much else. We started out by tearing up sod for the Shade Path Garden, the Driveway Garden which would help keep our young daughter safely away from cars, and by adding a boarder of evergreens around the front of the property.
That first winter was a long one, waiting for our second daughter to be born. Shortly after her birthday on Feb 21st while I was muddling around the house in my postpartum daze, I opened the back door to call out something to my husband, and there they were... I was stunned. Beautiful!
I am sure I cried.
I am so thankful for the gardener who began them long ago... who planted those dried bulbs in the cold fall, anticipating the dozen that would grow from them. And here they are, numbering in the hundreds and part of our present excitement...
the crowning start to our bloom this year.