Crocuses emerge in Riverhead

Crocuses spotted in Riverhead on Tuesday, March 8. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Crocuses spotted in Riverhead on Tuesday, March 8. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)

Our Barbaraellen Koch spotted two crocuses blooming in her yard Tuesday morning, perennially one of the first signs that spring is on its way.

“I only have two crocuses in my whole yard and they were planted by the previous homeowner 23 years ago,” said Koch, who lives in Riverhead’s Polish Town. “Every time they bloom I go, ‘Why don’t I plant more than two in my yard?’ I thought there has to be places with more crocuses than in my silly yard.”

So she headed to Cornell University’s Long Island Horticulture Research and Extension Center on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, where a few dozen of the flowers were in bloom. That’s where the above photo was taken.

Although the vernal equinox is still a little less than two weeks away, springlike temperatures are expected to arrive on the North Fork this week. Sunny skies and a high of 64 degrees are predicted for Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.