As I was getting out of the car, this caught my eye. Amazing!! God is so awesome. I remember just last fall cutting the fern like plants back and covering with lots of leaves so they could rest for the winter. Over time the leaves began to break down and compost so I added more periodically. I had begun to wonder when the first spear would appear. Had I cut back the ferns too soon and too low? Just lots of questions. And then to my surprise this beautiful spear was saying hello! Last year the spears that came up were much thinner and frail looking. They were sweet and scrumptious (the couple I picked and ate). I will be tasting this one very soon...I'll keep you posted on how it tastes.