What means 'Spring' to you?

(Zone 7a)
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

Minden, LA

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.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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.

Somerset, KY(Zone 6b)

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.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

My windows are open today too...spring has sprung here in the Bluegrass. Honeybees are waking up and hunting flowers.

Carson City, NV(Zone 6b)

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

Hinsdale, IL

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.

(Judith) Denver, CO(Zone 5b)

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.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

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.

Abilene, TX(Zone 7b)

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. :)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

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

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

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!? =)

Melvindale, MI(Zone 5a)

The return of the Robins always signify spring here.

Central, LA(Zone 8b)

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.

Southern Dutchess Co, NY(Zone 5b)


Turku, Finland

krookus yellow is the first to start blooming up here in Finland!

Laceys Spring, AL(Zone 7a)

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.

Calgary, Canada

Robins in the yard signal spring here.

Kure Beach, NC(Zone 9a)

Pelicans flying overhead. Haven't seen any yet though.

Salem, OR(Zone 8b)

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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KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

Frogs, Robins, and opening windows. That's when it's spring here!!

Hyderabad, India(Zone 12b)

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.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

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.

Ashland, WI

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!

Chicago, IL(Zone 6a)

Blooming Forsythias mean spring to me. Always have.

Alba, TX(Zone 8a)

It is the purple martins for me. Must be spring if they are here!

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

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.

Charleston, SC(Zone 9a)

Daffodils. When the buds start to appear, I know it's spring. That happened 2 weeks ago.

Abilene, TX(Zone 7b)

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.

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Oh noes Pepper, beeeee careful!!!

Pittsford, NY(Zone 6a)

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

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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.

Central, AL(Zone 7b)

Spring? When Tulips blooms and birds are busy building their nests.

Jackson, MO(Zone 6b)

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.

Benton, KY(Zone 7a)

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.

West Plains, MO(Zone 6b)

When the Robins are back - they make it sound like spring, even if nothing is blooming yet when they arrive.

KC Metro area, MO(Zone 6a)

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

Central, LA(Zone 8b)

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

Somewhere in, MD(Zone 7b)

Pepper, I've got a sister and my Mom in Northeastern Kansas, been on the phone checking on them. Yoy!! Please stay safe!

L.A. (Canoga Park), CA(Zone 10a)

Spring is when the wild grass turns green.

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