But with today's bright sunshine, and temperatures climbing to a little over 60ºF (15.5ºC), they opened their sweet faces to greet the warmth of the sun. Pure bliss!
Daffodils are sending up their green spears, but usually don't bloom until about the second week in April, so we'll have to wait patiently for those lovely nodding yellow heads for almost another month.
The front gardens are ready for clean-up and the lawn is showing very little color, but we'll begin to see more green before long. Mud season is upon us!
There are still patches of snow to be seen on the hills and in the hedgerows, but the yard is bare of snow at the moment. We'll probably see at least a little more before we're done with it.
Happily, inside the house we do have some color!
I grabbed the camera to catch the afternoon sun as it backlit the plants on Friday afternoon. It's such a beautiful time of day.
The pink Abutilon on the left has 6 new blooms...with just one of them showing here. It's had flowers since early January.
The variegated leaves are as beautiful as those orange blooms.
The Star Begonia has added more flower stems to the original 2 which have been blooming since late January.
Those delicate pink flower clusters are held high above the lovely, star-shaped leaves.
Here's a closer look at these strange little blooms.
I caught the red Ivy Geranium glowing in the sunshine in an upstairs window this afternoon.
Happy Bloom Day everyone!