Typically, my crocus are the first buds to appear in my flower bed in the spring. I hadn't noticed their green leaves because I was following the progress of my tulips. But then this morning I realized I caught a speck of purple in the flower bed as I walked by to walk the girls to the bus stop. The first crocus bud!!! Yay, it's a sure sign spring is on it's way. That and the fact that I saw a sign on the golf course fence, "Driving Range Open."