The First Spring Flowers
In February, in some years already in late January, everyone is watching out for green peaks showing up from the earth and waiting for white, violet and yellow spots in lawns and flower beds. The first messengers of approaching spring are tiny: white snowdrops, yellow winter aconite, crocuses in all crocus colours.
After the long winter, spotting the first snowdrops or crocuses is an event, almost a competition: who has seen the first? During the following weeks, there will be something new to discover almost daily. Slowly slowly, more flowers appear. When the Scilla meadow in the botanical garden in Karlsruhe is in bloom, the local newspaper will publish a photo and report. Everyone is waiting for nature to awaken from the long sleep, street cafes to open, walking, sitting, playing in the sun to become possible.
An unmistakeable sign of approaching spring has to do with departure. Every winter we have millions of guests from Northeastern Europe and Russia: huge flocks of crows, mostly rooks. When they are gone, there is hope for spring to really begin.
The scilla meadow in Karlsruhe
April 1 is, as in other parts of the world, April Fools Day when people play little funny tricks on each other.
If something strange happens to you, the typical answer by a happy smiling face will be, "April, April!"
Beware of your friends and colleagues. And don't believe everything you read in the paper or hear on the news that day...