Early this week we had a generous snowfall. It was a white, slippery, and wintery world until about Thursday when the wind started to blow and melt the snow away. It's mostly gone now except for a few patches here and there. And the weather warmed up to the mid-forties today, allowing for a nice walk around the neighborhood. As I passed by one of my garden beds I thought I'd look for green shoots coming up through the earth. I was pleasantly surprised when I found not only shoots, but an early snowdrop plant in full bloom! It made my day! By the way, I've always considered snowdrops a domestic plant rather than a wildflower. But recently I was watching a DVD called Seasonal Forests in the series Planet Earth by the BBC. The photography was stunning and both evergreen and deciduous forests were shown in great detail. I was surprised to observe one forest scene in early spring where abundant snowdrops were blooming on the forest bed. I guess in some places they are wildflowers as well. They made a stunning white carpet with the forested canopy overhead --- very beautiful.