Spring? You mean the two weeks of mild, pleasant weather before our miserably hot, humid summer arrives? He-he. Louisiana weather is unpredictably crazy and this time of year it can be in the 40's one day and in the 80's the next.
Here in Ventura, CA we have milder winters, but there are days that it is cold and than warmer the next day. I love any day I can open my windows and have fresh air. I do miss the snow of KY and the frequent rains though. We have a 40% chance of rain today. We have our 40% earlier this morning when it rained for about 5 minutes, now its just overcast and cool. Not a day to go swimming in the ocean.
When I see the forsythia bloom and hear the spring birds sing. I saw a pair mating last week and we still have a lot of snow on the ground, which is NOT normal for us at this time of year. The cheerful yellow blooms of forsythia prompt me to head for the garden center to buy some cut branches.
When the red bud, forsythia and iris start to bloom, I know it's spring. Otherwise it's difficult to tell. The weather is not much of an indicator where I live. Sometimes it's hot on Christmas Day and sometimes we've had a hard freeze in Dec. Our winter, despite the calendar is Dec and Jan. If we have any cold weather it will be then. This year has been mild but the two previous winters killed everything to the root. All of the above are blooming now and also, lantana, brugmansia, cowpen daisy, lady in red sage, hot lips sage, Russian sage, roses, snapdragons, pansies, vinca, parthenia, himalayan marigolds, bauhinia, oxalis, blue butterflies (clerodendrum),fibrous begonias, sedum autumn joy, fireman's cap, Meyer's Lemon, key limes. The prior two years would have seen none of this. It would all have been frozen.
Purple iris and daffodils in the flowerbed. Bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush along the side of the road. Of course its not really spring here in Abilene until 3 or 4 inches of Lubbock's topsoil blows in. :)
Daffodils, tulip poplars/saucer magnolias, forsythia, redbud, and weeds! Have had bluebirds checking out the nest boxes which is very cool! The tulip poplar has long budded and bloomed and been killed by a Feb freeze. We've had April and May in February.
Spring is a glorious season in Oregon. I think of spring as lasting from Feb-June here. The cool nights help everything bloom for a very long time. I grew up in Duluth, MN, where we didn't have a spring. As a child, I always wondered why there were so many songs and poems about spring---I didn't understand it. There, we went from cold snow into a cold June and then a hot July and August. I cherish every spring in Oregon---because I now understand all of the songs and poems. It is truly a glorious time. And I do 85% of my gardening in the spring. (5% in summer, 5% in fall, 5% in winter).
Pic: my muscari are by far the longest blooming bulbs in my yard.
Spring season, it is called as 'Vasanthamu' in Telugu.According to our mythology the universe started on Ugadi festival( Uga(=Era)+Adi(=Beginning) ), which comes in this season (begins mid-March).
Also spring in my view is when the plants / flowers spring to life! from a hibernating winter, yes I really mean it.It is generally the season when you can see new young leaflets ('chiguru' in Telugu) and also so many flowers, especially our Indian mango (Mangifera indica), Neem (Azadarichta Indica).
But thanks to Global warming which is a direct consequence of irreligious technology of greedy mankind, the things are changing rapidly and one day we may not even get food if climate deteriorates further.
I notice the buds on the trees swelling, the birds singing, the robins-although they are starting to stay year around, the winter sowing and anxiously looking into the containers to see tiny sprouts, the ducks and geese flying overhead, the birds checking nesting boxes, crocus, early daffodils and the tulips "breaking ground".
I love to listen and watch the geese fly over our home, and we listen and watch them cheering each other on--it's such a team effort. [Congress needs to take some lessons from them! :) ]
I start looking "on line" to see how far the hummingbirds and purple martins have migrated so we are "ready" for them when they return to our area: very southeast Missouri.
I have already been pulling lots of weeds. I don't like them taking up the nutrients in the soil.
jeri11, in Texas we look for the mesquite to bud out. I've got a buddy who swears they are more reliable than the weather guys for predicting late freezes.
pepper 23,sorry to hear about more tornadoes in ya'll's area. We were in Joplin last summer and will be back in June. Hope you and your's are safe.
Melody, I've been in Benton, Ky--pretty. We considered living there, but it was further away from the relatives. I'm just on the other side of Harrisburg. We've been there a couple of times also.
I'm just on the other side of Harrisburg. Our local station was going strong for 36 hours. I suppose you listen to WPSD tv news.
I told my husb. this am we needed to get our weather phone/radio? checked out.
Pepper, you are right. It surely is a sign of spring. It has come a little early for us. I sure hope this tornado outbreak is not a sign of things to come.
I know exactly where Jackson, MO is...exactly 2 hours from my house...drove it many times. We had business over there in the '80's and '90's. We use all three affiliates...WPSD,KFVS and WSIL...yep, all were going non-stop on storm reports...except the storms knocked WPSD off the air for an hour and a half yesterday morning about 4am.
When any of the spring bulbs start to bloom. When the witch hazel blooms, it's still winter! This year, a squill showed up, I think the bulb was partially dug up by a squirrel so it bloomed before the crocuses etc. Hey, lookit that! Spring has sprung!
When the red-winged blackbirds return with their awesome calls, we know spring has arrived. Much more of an indicator than crocus, or daffodils poking through the ground, or even robins (since we often see them throughout the winter).
I went with the frogs also, although haven't heard any yet (late this year). There also seems to be a couple magical weeks when everything is GREEN - new grass, tree and shrub foliage, perennials shooting out of the ground. As pretty and appreciated as flowers are, that spring green is hard to beat.
Snowdrops are the first to bloom in spring in Romania. They are our first sign that spring is on the way! Even this year, after so much snow we had this winter, they popped up. Yesterday I dug them up from under the snow, by shoveling all the snow which has been covered them. It's amazing how they have survived and even have buds!
Everything is so brown here in winter. Any sign of green is welcome and the crocus starts blooming.
I open my windows too.Also start thinking of planting radishes and greens.The geese start flying north.Iris starts growing again.Dogwood buds start swelling.Hyacinths are blooming. Just a beautiful
time of year.
For me, the blooming of Texas mountain laurel signals spring. It's blooming right now and has been for a week or so. The blooms are reminiscent of wisteria, but are darker,actually purple rather than pink, and the smell to me is that of grape candy or grape soda.