“What miracles are going on here under the leaves, or an inch or two under the ground!  What awakenings, what shooting of first sprouts!  What an important service dead leaves render — every plant tucked up so tenderly!”
— John Burroughs, from The Heart of Burrough’s Journals, edited by Clara Barrus, March 4, 1865

Emerging tulips

Emerging tulips

I am looking for some miracles as we go through these final weeks of winter.  Any new, emerging growth is cause for celebration — the first spikes of green, the curly brain-like leaves of rhubarb, the shock of crocus colors.

New rhubarb.  (Time to finish up the frozen rhubarb from last year.)

New rhubarb. (Time to finish up the frozen rhubarb from last year.)

Colorful crocuses

Colorful crocuses

Shelf fungus on a stump

Shelf fungus on a stump

Spikes of tulips

Spikes of tulips

Watercolor sketch of emerging tulips

Watercolor sketch of emerging tulips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Horse chestnut volunteers

New trees sprouting

Nature is certainly tenacious.  I noticed these horse chestnut trees sprouting in the parking strip where mature trees had been removed earlier this year.  I don’t doubt that these volunteers will soon be mowed down.  But I have to admire Nature’s optimism in attempting to regenerate.

I wonder at what point a sprout or shoot becomes a sapling?