Some of the earliest flowers to rise in the spring are the Pasque flowers. They are native to the snow belt regions of North America, Europe and Asia.
Derived from the Hebrew word for Passover, they are known to bloom during the Easter period. In America, they are commonly called crocus or wind flowers.
Here is an early cluster of Pasque flowers painted among Bavarian mushrooms and the Sampler Collection's Bouquet series hidden ladybug.
February Bouquet, 11" x 14" oil on canvas, Sampler Collection Portfolio by L. Nicholas Smith