The largesse (largeness?) of spring.


Infinity is just so big that by comparison bigness itself looks really titchy.

~Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe 

O riotous spring!  My hayfever has hayfever, and the three of us (because of course the two hayfevers are their own monstrous entities) have a cold on top of it all.

But it’s cause for celebration! Why, you may ask? Well, let me tell you:

  1. I’m fairly certain I’m a walking medical miracle. I mean, hayfever + hayfever + cold and I’m still functioning-ish? My allergist needs to get on publishing that research – he could be retiring to the Caymans in no time.
  2. Although it’s probably reasonable to state that we had a more “accurate” winter than we usually do (lots of cold and snow versus a ton of Chinooks and dry, exposed earth), it felt impossibly huge and long and draggy and we. are. officially. (probably. sort. of. maybe). done. with. it.
  3. The photo says it all. The Prairie crocuses are blooming like mad all over the sunny slopes and despite the incessant sneezing and sniffling, life is pretty awesome.



  1. Allergies killing me which is unusual. But bad pollen here due to April flowers blooming in May with May blooms….double the fun…..celebrating every bloom in May as April was March here.

  2. I hear you, sister. It was a long, hard winter (by modern standards) and to get hayfever and a cold at the end of it is hard. Mind you, those crocuses are pretty. Take good care of yourself, okay? I’m getting ready for the royal wedding…. big smile.

  3. It’s awesome to be out in the garden again. I heard the pollen is hanging on cause winter was so long. I am just happy to be warm and among flowers again. The poached egg plants are very hearty this year. They will be planted soon.


    • Thanks so much for your comments, Jean – I’m sorry I haven’t had a chance to reply until now! How are the poached egg plants doing? I hope they’re working out for you this year! 🙂

  4. I’m so very sorry! I’m a very lucky not to have allergies except on a rare occasion. And then a cold too. You at least have a wonderful sense of humor about it. I hope you feel better soon.

  5. All around the world people have been complaining about pollen this year. Ours start earlier down on the Gulf, so we are done. I never saw wild crocuses. Are they as big as domestic ones and do they go any further south, as northern US?

    • There’s a bit of a name-game with this particular plant, as it’s not a true crocus – it’s that common name thing again, sigh…. It’s actually an anemone (Anemone patens, syn. Pulsatilla patens). You will find them in Montana, for sure, and apparently they are the floral symbol of South Dakota. They’re probably found in a few other northern States as well. In some of my other posts about them, I’ve mentioned the botanical name but I failed to do so in this post (must have been the whammy of the cold and the hayfever!). But that can get confusing, so I need to keep on it for the future.

      And they are about the size of the cultivated true crocus, not much larger. After the blooms are spent, the flowering stems shoot up a couple of inches so that the silky seed heads are borne much higher than the ground, I’m sure that helps with seed dispersal.

  6. I am so pleased that Spring has arrived at last and that your crocuses are blooming again. However, I am sorry you have double hayfever and a cold as well! My hayfever is troubling me at present and I have an irritating cough but I am happy to see all the spring flowers and the new leaves on the trees!

  7. Thank you so very much to everyone for your comments and encouragement on this post – I’ve been massively swamped with work so was unable to reply individually to you in a timely manner, but I wanted to let you all know that I really appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness!

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