Sunday, February 14, 2010

The colour of spring.

This is the first flower bud of the salmonberry bush in the front garden. The blossom of this understory shrub is coloured like no other, and always reminds me of my first spring in this province. And once the flowers open, you know what comes next, right?

That's right. Ruhus. (Rufous Hummingbirds.)

5 comments:

Victoria said...

Ooh, so envious. I'm so tired of winter. Every time I talk to my mom on the phone I get updates on the lilac tree blossoms.

RPS77 said...

I get "spring envy" for people who live in maritime climates - you get early springs without brutally hot summers. We won't be seeing that kind of thing around here (Massachusetts) for almost another 2 months, unless spring comes bizarrely early.

Hugh said...

Victoria, This year is crazily early.

RPS77, I grew up in Ontario, and remember years when the cold dragged on and on... I miss the hot summers, but the endless winters were no fun.

Karen said...

Question - if the flowers are a little ahead of schedule due to the warm January, will the food sources for the hummers be all gone by the time they arrive? Or will they somehow know to migrate back early?? This has been bothering me, so I wonder if you know. Thanks!

Hugh said...

Karen, I think the hummers will manage one way or another. Here they usually arrive around March 15, which is pretty darn early compared to other migrants. I expect there will still be salmonberry and other blossoms out by then, even with the early start.