Signs of spring to guess how far the season has advanced
All four seasons have their changes, signs, and symbols. Spring is both the most dramatic and the most important.
When the world reawakens from its winter rest, it's time to get gardening and get everything else done that had to wait for warmer weather.
A very early sign of spring that most people miss is shown by the very thin branches at the top of a deciduous tree.
After the last leave has fallen, tree branches look like black pen lines against the sky. They're sharp, clear, and crisp. Well-defined, in other words.
When spring arrives, the tops of your deciduous trees will show the change in the most subtle way. They blur. They fuzz. They become diffuse. This is the earliest buds coming out and breaking up that clean, sharp, pencil line against the sky. When the tops of trees become fuzzy, you know spring is on her way.
That doesn't mean you won't get more hard frosts and bad weather. It's a very early sign.
What signs of spring do you look for to guide you in when it's safe to dig, to sow, or to open up those cold-frames protecting your hardy greens?