A couple of years ago I planted a number of crocuses in the front lawn, hoping they'd give us that early spring colour before the grass started growing. I did all the right things when I planted them and eagerly awaited their showy arrival the first spring. Only a few bloomed so I thought the rest might need a year to grow first. Well, the second year was worse than the first and this year I don't even know if any came up. :-(
But I had totally forgotten that I had planted a few in a bit of a remote spot in one of the flower beds, and these seemed to have survived whatever the other ones didn't. So I can officially call these our first spring flowers. Now that we've broken the ice, so to speak, with these, I hope you don't mind if I post more (different varieties, of course) as they make their appearance.
(70-200mm f4 1/60 sec ISO400)