In the garden: Emergence
Actually, this lungwort doesn't have anything to do with emergence at all, except insofar as I noticed the flowers emerging from a pile of leaves and debris. Actually, the pile was there by conscious design; this was the first year I didn't do any raking or cleanup at all, since I don't have any lawn left to speak of, and I felt it was best to leave the organic matter where it fell and let it rot. And this spring I've been having a nice little time in the morning with a cup of coffee, sweeping away leaves and dead stalks and tiny branches and fragments of straw and newspaper from sheet mulching, to see new plants.... emerge from the earth, pushing up to the light. They are very persistent! And I think the fall's detritus protects them until they are strong enough to bear the light.
Here's a more obvious emergence:
Here is a hosta. Hard to spot, isn't it? Every year I go through a phase where I worry my hostas have died. But they always come back, or at least have so far!
Here are more sprouts. I'm not sure what they are, but I don't think hostas. Solomon's Seal?
Here is a drift of humble blue flowers emerging from the raspberry patch.
I think this is the weirdest thing I've seen in the garden ever. It's as if nature made paper from leaves (but without wasps (or humans). I cut it up and put it in a pile that will ultimately become the mess that birds like, if I can make it to Fedco and buy some trees and bushes.