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(Zone 7a)


February 27, 2012
9:50 AM

Post #9021931

There are a total of 120 votes:


Frogs start to sing.
(23 votes, 19%)
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A specific flower or shrub blooms. (which one?)
(34 votes, 28%)
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There are more patches of bare ground than snow.
(1 votes, 0%)
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A migrating bird returns. (which species?)
(17 votes, 14%)
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I get to open my windows!
(18 votes, 15%)
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Spring? It is almost autumn south of the Equator!
(3 votes, 2%)
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We don't really have much seasonal change where I live.
(9 votes, 7%)
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Other...tell us!
(15 votes, 12%)
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Previous Polls

twinkielee
Minden, LA

February 27, 2012
11:12 AM

Post #9022027

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.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 27, 2012
12:09 PM

Post #9022102

The 'spring peepers' start to sing on warm evenings in Feb.
Sometimes you can hear them through the closed car windows when passing by a marshy spot.
marti001
Somerset, KY
(Zone 6b)

February 27, 2012
12:14 PM

Post #9022109

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.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


February 27, 2012
12:24 PM

Post #9022123

My windows are open today too...spring has sprung here in the Bluegrass. Honeybees are waking up and hunting flowers.
Katlian
Carson City, NV
(Zone 6b)

February 27, 2012
2:41 PM

Post #9022317

The red-wing blackbirds start staking out nest territories in the wetland behind our house. They're about a week early this year.
strange2u
Hinsdale, IL

February 27, 2012
4:23 PM

Post #9022449

When the rainy season starts, the grass turns green, and/or, the day time temps are at least in the mid to upper 40s, that's when spring starts in my soul.
revclaus
(Judith) Denver, CO
(Zone 5b)

February 27, 2012
4:24 PM

Post #9022453

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.
steadycam3
Houston Heights, TX
(Zone 9a)

February 27, 2012
5:02 PM

Post #9022503

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.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 27, 2012
6:53 PM

Post #9022635

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. :)

Cville_Gardener

Cville_Gardener
Middle TN
United States
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2012
3:25 AM

Post #9022885

Daffodils, violets, forsythia, flowering quince ... and fat robins.



speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

February 28, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9022922

I'm the only "open the windows" voter!? Oh noes!! Well, I'll just open all my windows then head outside to play... errrr, it **is** Spring now, isn't it!? =)
hemlady
Melvindale, MI
(Zone 5a)

February 28, 2012
5:49 AM

Post #9022982

The return of the Robins always signify spring here.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

February 28, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9023108

My sign of spring's arrival is the pecan trees. If it buds out, winter is gone here in the south. The robins have already arrived but no buds on the pecan trees.
mamasita
Southern Dutchess Co, NY
(Zone 5b)

February 28, 2012
9:00 AM

Post #9023257

Peepers!
nakedbotanist
Turku
Finland

February 28, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9023294

krookus yellow is the first to start blooming up here in Finland!
OutsidePlaying
Laceys Spring, AL
(Zone 7a)

February 28, 2012
10:07 AM

Post #9023311

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.
CLScott
Calgary
Canada

February 28, 2012
2:38 PM

Post #9023632

Robins in the yard signal spring here.
Beach_Barbie
Kure Beach, NC
(Zone 9a)

February 28, 2012
3:44 PM

Post #9023722

Pelicans flying overhead. Haven't seen any yet though.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

February 28, 2012
4:01 PM

Post #9023754

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.

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pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 28, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #9023875

Frogs, Robins, and opening windows. That's when it's spring here!!
burraganesh
Hyderabad
India
(Zone 12b)

February 29, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9024495

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.



birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

February 29, 2012
8:39 AM

Post #9024496

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.
kattyrabbit
Ashland, WI

February 29, 2012
11:47 AM

Post #9024671

It's really spring to me on "Magic Morning" - that first beautiful day when the sun is shining and you notice that all the leaves are out. However, If I can get a shovel in the ground - close enough!
bsimpson1972
Chicago, IL
(Zone 6a)

February 29, 2012
12:25 PM

Post #9024743

Blooming Forsythias mean spring to me. Always have.
terri_emory
Alba, TX
(Zone 8a)

February 29, 2012
2:23 PM

Post #9024891

It is the purple martins for me. Must be spring if they are here!
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

February 29, 2012
5:44 PM

Post #9025178

We should have an option for tornadoes. When they start forming in masses it's spring time!! I think Spring arrived yesterday on that note.

DreamOfSpring

DreamOfSpring
Charleston, SC
(Zone 9a)

February 29, 2012
6:44 PM

Post #9025260

Daffodils. When the buds start to appear, I know it's spring. That happened 2 weeks ago.
rampbrat
Abilene, TX
(Zone 7b)

February 29, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9025308

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.

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2012
4:07 AM

Post #9025462

Oh noes Pepper, beeeee careful!!!

ge1836

ge1836
Pittsford, NY
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2012
4:32 AM

Post #9025475

We live near fields and ditches so the RedWing blackbird is what spring is here.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


March 1, 2012
5:27 AM

Post #9025526

I forgot about the tornadoes..yep, a sure sign of spring. I'm just over the river from Harrisburg, IL.
It is all that has been on our minds in the last 24 hours.

Lily_love

Lily_love
Central, AL
(Zone 7b)

March 1, 2012
8:25 AM

Post #9025768

Spring? When Tulips blooms and birds are busy building their nests.
birder17
Jackson, MO
(Zone 6b)

March 1, 2012
8:38 AM

Post #9025780

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.

melody

melody
Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)


March 1, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9025885

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.

Everyone be safe.
ericabelle
West Plains, MO
(Zone 6b)

March 1, 2012
2:07 PM

Post #9026119

When the Robins are back - they make it sound like spring, even if nothing is blooming yet when they arrive.
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 1, 2012
5:04 PM

Post #9026350

Tornadoes have avoided the Kansas City area so far this season but has hit other areas. So I've been lucky so far.

jeri11

jeri11
Central, LA
(Zone 8b)

March 1, 2012
8:24 PM

Post #9026581

rampbrat I have been wanting a mesquite tree and now that is all the excuse I need. LOL!!!

speediebean

speediebean
Somewhere in, MD
(Zone 7b)

March 2, 2012
4:22 AM

Post #9026721

Pepper, I've got a sister and my Mom in Northeastern Kansas, been on the phone checking on them. Yoy!! Please stay safe!
Kelli
L.A. (Canoga Park), CA
(Zone 10a)

March 2, 2012
9:28 AM

Post #9027024

Spring is when the wild grass turns green.
Countrymom
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
(Zone 5a)

March 2, 2012
12:49 PM

Post #9027209

We watch for the robins to return here in northeast Ohio. That is a sure sign of spring.
carrieebryan
Independence, MO
(Zone 6a)

March 2, 2012
1:08 PM

Post #9027250

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!
mom2goldens
Carmel, IN
(Zone 5b)

March 2, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9027590

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).
bonehead
Cedarhome, WA
(Zone 8b)

March 2, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #9027676

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.

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 3, 2012
8:12 AM

Post #9028164

Usually I would say the daffodills and redbuds are blooming and I see sulphur butterflies out and about. But this year a young native plum tree (Prunus mexicana) surprised me with blooms!

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adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

March 3, 2012
10:55 PM

Post #9029056

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!

Adina

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cando1
Ozone, AR
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2012
3:19 AM

Post #9029090

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.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

March 4, 2012
8:36 AM

Post #9029405

I heard a chorus of spring peepers a couple of days ago when it was near 70 degrees, however they had to dig back in when it got cold again! Poor critters must be so confused...
merigold
Sioux City, IA
(Zone 4b)

March 4, 2012
11:56 AM

Post #9029632

Robins, and a few plants in the garden peeking their heads out.
Dyson
Rocky Mount, VA
(Zone 7a)

March 4, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #9029822

Redbud trees.
cactusman8
San Marcos, TX
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2012
5:25 PM

Post #9029981

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.

palmbob

palmbob
Acton, CA
(Zone 8b)


March 4, 2012
7:06 PM

Post #9030114

Sometimes hard to tell spring from winter in southern California... but spring to me means wearing shorts everyday I don't work, rather than just now and then when there are heat waves in winter.
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 4, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9030128

That Texas Mountain Laurel sounds beautiful...do you have any pics?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

March 5, 2012
9:34 AM

Post #9030767

Adina, loved your pictures. My small crocus will do the same thing if I dig out the snow. This year may take a while but I will imagine them blooming under the snow like your snowdrops.

adinamiti

adinamiti
Balotesti
Romania

March 5, 2012
11:29 PM

Post #9031753

Mary, thanks. My crocus popped up too, I just saw them yesterday. I dug them out too.

Adina

Sheila_FW

Sheila_FW
Fort Worth, TX
(Zone 8a)

March 7, 2012
9:18 PM

Post #9034141

Kosk0025-- You asked about our Texas Mountain Laurel ... http://www.wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=SOSE3
kosk0025
Salem, OR
(Zone 8b)

March 8, 2012
5:43 PM

Post #9035144

Thanks, Sheila. I looked it up on that same website. It is so gorgeous! I wonder if it would grow in OR.

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