People have been sending me photos of coltsfoot they’ve come across – it’s really the first native spring flower here in NS. Until today, March 31, I hadn’t seen any myself.
These two flowers were lurking in the wooded patch beside my building. I went looking because that location becomes covered with their happy yellow faces. it’s an interesting plant – the leaves don’t appear until after the flowers have bloomed.
So I guess it’s now officially spring here. Last year I saw coltsfoot on May 1. The earliest I’ve previously seen any was on April 14 in 2017. March 31 (actually my friend Marlene spotted some last week in her son’s back yard) is VERY early.
The question now is how soon will we see Forsythia? In the past the first Forsythia has been close to the first of May. It will certainly be earlier than that this year!
Out here on the prairies crocuses are the first that we spot. They were peeping their heads out and then we had a spring blizzard so they hide again. They should be out by the end of today as it’s supposed to be 14! I have seen them in March and I have seen them in May – it really varies.