Every year, we suffer from the effects of the early signs of spring. The green buds on the trees, the occasional sunny day, the bulbs cracking the dirt with their green shoots, and now, the blooming crocuses. This is a false hope though, since it is only the middle of February and we still have months of miserable rainy, windy cold weather, and the potential for another deep freeze or two. But that doesn't mean I didn't get excited when I saw this little flower, and when my landscaper came to clear away the last of the autumn leaves and exposed my garden beds full of little new plant life. Ho Hum.