Language of Flowers: What Do Early Spring Flowers Mean?

Some flowers don't press well, but snowdrops, found in tight clusters in the earliest of spring, keep their soft demeanor even through drying. Snowdrops were used on greeting cards in the Victorian Era as a symbol of hope, but their delicate blossoms with drooped heads also could symbolize tears.

While snowdrops are not edible, the petals of spring crocus are, and both

have a special place to foragers. By learning about the signs of spring, we gain an understanding of what else is soon to come. Morel mushroom hunters have all sorts of signs that they're not-so-patiently waiting for, along with soil temperatures steadily at 50 degrees.

After snowdrops & spring crocus, not to be confused with the fall crocus-like flower that produces saffron, comes lilac & redbud, two more edible flowers. Just after lilac is blooming in the Northeast come morels. Some folks will tell you to look for the mayapples popping or the leaves on oak or tulip poplar trees, but flowers are so much easier to watch for.

(an early tulip poplar flower)

This year, try writing down the date you first see these flowers in a special notebook. Write down a thought or feeling alongside it. Don't overthink it. As the year progresses and you continue to find and write down these flowers finds, you'll create a journal with your own flower language. You'll enjoy it for years to come.

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