How do you decide that spring has finally arrived? What signs tell you that the wait is over? At our old house, seeing the leafless branches of the trees on the hillside turn red from swelling buds was our certain sign that spring had arrived.It was confirmed by coltsfoot blooming and peepers peeping. While it is difficult at our new home to get a good look at a hillside without taking a walk or a drive, we have a new sign to add: the emergence of the wild leeks.Wild leeks (Allium tricoccum) never grew on the land of our old home. They are supposed to flower later in the year, but I didn’t ever see flowers last year, even though I made a point to look for them.
I checked back with the Nature Calendar, to see how her seasonal divisions compared to what I have been actually observing here. Conclusion: things change fast around here, and seasons overlap. Earlier this week, I was debating whether it was the end of Mud Season, or the beginning of Crocus Season, as the snowdrops still looked good and the crocuses had finally started blooming.Today the first daffodils opened–and the first bloodroot, making this Daffodil Season. According to Janice Goldfrank’s calendar, this is when the wild leeks appear and the peepers start peeping. But both of those started before the daffodils did. For that matter, the coltsfoot was blooming before the crocuses.
So, yes, it is spring, but a rather compressed one, I’d say. Of course, since this is the first year for the daffodils and the crocuses, they are blooming a little later than they might if they were well established. And really, only the earliest daffodils have started. It will be interesting to compare with next year. Cold climate gardeners, are your signs of spring much different from mine?