I wasn't going to join GBBD this month. I was going to be childish and pout. I went to Frances's page and there were so many beautiful flowers. The Perennial Gardener had a beautiful collage of all sorts of things. What did I have? Frozen dirt. Even my compost pile is frozen solid.
Yesterday since it was actually nice for a change, I went for a walk around the neighborhood with some friends. There were no flowers here at all. Not one in bloom. We did see some new shoots coming up so the spring bulbs will eventually be seen, but nothing yet.
So why am I posting? I was out in the garden doing some cleaning up and lo and behold I saw a bright little patch of yellow and purple in the mint pot. It was a Johnny Jump Up that bloomed just in time to brighten up my day. The soil in the pot was still totally frozen solid. The mint has not yet started its new growth. But the brave little Johnny Jump Up wouldn't let something like solid ice stop it. Go Johnny.
I've always loved this plant. Its cheery little face pops up in the most unusual spots. It is totally uncontrollable. I had a friend that tried to seed it in her garden one year. It never came up, so I gave her a few little plants to start her off. I told her to just let them go to seed. They will come back every year. You can't plan when they are to go. You just have to accept them when they come.
When I weed the garden I'm always careful not to weed them out. If they are growing in a spot that needs to be turned over, I transplant them not far away. I do love my little pixies that jump up from the most unlikely places to greet me.
Ok so this particular flower is a little ragged and and lopsided. I love him anyway and you have to give him credit for blooming before any of the crocus.