Even though it’s January and even though we still have ice on the pond and even though we have slushy piles of snow heaped here and there, I can see subtle signs that spring is in the air. To speed the process, I bought my first ever garden gnome which I will hide beneath some low hanging branches behind the row of daylilies. If the legend is true, this little gnome will help me in my gardens… perhaps making sure that warmer weather is on the way.
If you pay close attention can you see the early indications of spring. Seed catalogs are arriving. Buds are swelling on trees and shrubs. Flocks of robins are plentiful. More people are walking and jogging and they’re wearing lighter jackets! We’re seeing more sunlight each day and the tiny green tips of daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips are visible everywhere. Amazingly, on sunny afternoons I’ve spotted an insect or two outdoors against the window.
Yes, positive signs of spring are in the air. Fellow blogger, Les of Smithfield Gardens, blogged about his annual trip to the Mid-Atlantic Nursery Trade Show in Baltimore. His photos are a preview of the lush foliage and flowers we’ll be seeing in nurseries in the weeks to come. I can hardly wait.
So the season is changing. And if you are vigilant and attentive you will see some signs. Winter is beginning to loosen its grip on us and spring is almost within reach. I am ready!
Ann Hohenberger, The Garden Club of Gloucester