It has been a long while since I have seen a bloom in my garden. Even now, no blooms in the garden but imagine my surprise when I walked into the dining room and found that the Flowering Maple had a couple of blooms. It was such a lovely surprise. This crazy flower usually only blooms for me during fall. I will take it though. It gives me such hope and expectation for spring. Yes, the days are getting longer. I can hardly wait.