How Bulbs are Like Pop Up Meat Thermometers for Spring

There you are, strolling down a sidewalk or park path, when you happen to notice that things are pushing up at your feet. No, not dogs. Rather, little sprigs of green. They’re shooting up and making way for beautiful bulbs that “turn on” as natural bulbs tend to do: with blooms of beauty. White, purple, yellow, red: the earliest ones – snowdrops and crocuses, then daffodils and tulips – signal a turn of season and gently usher us into warmer temperatures and longer days.

Like the “pop” of a meat thermometer signaling the readiness of a cooked bird*, I see the “pop” of a bulb as a signal of warmer soil temperatures. With meat, you open the oven and get greeted with a blast of warm air. With bulbs, you can nod at the color, turn your head towards the sun and say, “Welcome, spring.”

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*As remembered from childhood.

2 replies
  1. Rocky
    Rocky says:

    They’re finally starting to pop around my neighborhood in Northern California. It’s been a gloomy winter, but I do believe today being the first day of Spring that I’ll be seeing some bulbs letting me see the inside and their full beauty. There’s something about the bulb flowers popping that springs my enthusiasm back to life!

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