Always the first to bloom, the little Viola is up before anybody else. They're such brave little flowers, sometimes I think they're blooming under the snow. No wonder their old name is Hearts Ease. What a joy it is to see them in the spring and know that we've survived another frigid winter. We've been blessed with some beautiful, sunny, sweatshirt weather in the last couple days but everyone knows that the storms will be back. It makes the beautiful days even more precious.