After fearing frost damage, it’s a relief to see the apple tree finally flowering, though it’s the first time we’ve realized that the leaves precede the buds.
We inherited several flowering quinces when we moved here, just some of the previous owners’ collection of many thorny plants. After multiple transplantings, this one seems to have become established enough to promise harvestable fruit.
In a neglected patch outside of my studio, a fritillaria appeared one year, and every spring thereafter we wait for it to reemerge. What started out as a single bulb has ever so slowly increased in number.