Finally, Spring!

View from South Cove, Battery Park City
View from South Cove Park

The March equinox (vernal in the northern hemisphere, autumnal in the southern hemisphere) occurred this morning at 1:32 PM Eastern Time (UTC-04:00, since it's now Eastern Daylight Time). Yesterday, I walked along the Esplanade of Battery Park City on the Hudson River. With a week of warm weather, and highs 20F degrees above normal for this time of year, the pace of bloom has been accelerated and compressed. I found:
  • Crocus tommasinianus and other Crocus 
  • Eranthis hyemalis, Winter Aconite
  • Galanthus nivalis, Snowdrops 
  • Helleborus orientalis, Lenten Rose
  • Iris reticulata
  • even an early Narcissus, Daffodil
While the Daffodil was surprising, the others are all early bloomers. I'm just not used to seeing them all blooming at the same time.

Galanthus, Crocus, Hyemalis

Iris reticulata, South Cove Park

Eranthis hyemalis, Winter Aconite

Crocus tommasinianus

Narcissus, Daffodil

The Return of Persephone (1891), by Frederic Leighton (1830–1896). Leighton depicts Hermes helping Persephone to return to her mother Demeter after Zeus forced Hades to return Persephone.
The Return of Persephone (1891), by Frederic 
Leighton (1830–1896)

I like the story of Demeter and Persephone. Winter doesn't occur because Hades is evil/dark/etc. Persephone was not the keeper of the earth. The earth didn't miss her, Demeter did. Demeter grieved for her loss, and neglected her gardening duties, and that's why Winter occurs. Demeter rejoices at the return of Persephone, which restores her interest in the world, and that's when we get Spring.

Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the day of an equinox
Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the 
day of an equinox

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Digital Flower Pictures said...

They have done a nice job on the gardens at Battery Park, even with all the construction. I always enjoy a visit there.

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

DFP: I haven't made it that far south yet this season. I do enjoy the annual Plant Sale they have, stocked with plants from Battery Park itself.