Although it is still too early to start spring planting here (last frost is usually around March 27), signs of impending spring are starting to multiply. Leaves are starting to pop, buds are appearing on the trees, birds are singing most of the day, wildflowers and wild herbs are starting to bloom, and I saw my first honeybee! I know many of you are still buried under snow and ice, so I thought I’d share my first signs of spring with you.
My Garden Wilson cleaned out my bird feeder and rehung it in the tree. The birds have been visiting off and on every day since the weekend. I took this picture from my living room’s sliding glass door.
Above the bird feeder, I saw a male cardinal on Sunday. I took this picture from my living room, too.
I think he knew I was taking his picture. Look at him pose for me!
My back yard has very little grass (and I’m okay with that). It’s mostly clover and herbs and wildflowers, and some of them are starting to bloom. The henbit is just opening up.
All the chickweed in my yard is starting to bloom, too. See the tiny white flowers? It’s sitting here among Carolina Geranium (the feathery leaves) and clover. (It’s odd that the clover hasn’t started blooming yet. It’s usually one of the first to bloom.)
On Sunday, I saw my first bee! It was a honeybee, flitting among the chickweed flowers (which is sitting among Florida Betony in this picture – I hate that weed!).
My apple trees have leaf buds now. The Pink Lady has fewer than the Granny Smith, and they’re mostly on the tips so far.
About two weeks ago, a couple of my tulips sent up grassy leaves (babies??). I was excited about that, for sure. However, this weekend, a few of my tulips sent up real leaves – meaning blooms are close at hand. Now, I’m thrilled!
I hope you enjoyed my signs of spring. If you’re one of my readers still in the throes of winter, be of good cheer. What is starting here in the South will move north before you know it!
What signs of spring do you see on your homestead?