Freesias, and the elusiveness of spring

Spring's freesias 7D1125_StaatsSpring has been more than elusive this year for us in Minnesota.  Our winter has lingered way longer than anyone wants, even threatening the long-awaited fishing opener next week.  When we should have 60 degree temps, open water, and blooming flowers we have instead endured two snowfalls in the past week alone, temps in the 30s and 40s, lakes still covered in ice, and nothing blooming.  But there is one place that is a haven of spring at this time of year – the McNeely Conservatory in Como Park.  This has been my refuge and antidote for our cold and gray continuing winter.  I found tulips and hyacinths, calla lilies and these lovely freesias.  The perfect dose of colors, smells, and the promise of spring.  Yet to come.