April 27, 1852

 in Thoreau’s Journal:

I find today for the first time the early saxifrage saxifraga vernalis in blossom—growing high and dry in the narrow seams—where there is no soil for it but a little green moss.—following thus early after the bare rock—

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it is one of the first flowers not only in the spring of the year but in the spring of the world.— It can take advantage of a perpendicular cliff where the snow cannot lie & fronting the S.