And the Spring arose on the garden fair,
Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere;
And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast
Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.
The first flowers are starting to pop up on our tomato and pepper plants. The striking beauty of these early flowers is utterly captivating! The vibrant loveliness of these early blossoms makes it hard to pluck them off. But pluck we must! It is still too early to let these plants start fruiting so it is recommended that gardeners pinch off early flower buds so that the plants can focus more energy on growing their root system. We don’t want the plants to focus on fruiting until we have transplanted them to their permanent location in the garden, so when noticing small blossoms and flowers, we pinch them off as delicately as possible. These early blooms are another indication that spring is right around the corner!
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “The Sensitive Plant.” The Complete Poems (1904).