Across the Fence

When Mother Na­ture pro­vides these clues, read­ers know that a new sea­son is near.

Birds & Blooms - - Contents -

Signs of spring

My na­tive silk­tas­sel shrub (Gar­rya el­lip­tica) starts bloom­ing in Fe­bru­ary. The flow­ers are pale yel­low and white, and it’s as if they are say­ing, Spring is com­ing; just hold on a lit­tle longer. Les­lie Dis­rude CRES­CENT CITY, CAL­I­FOR­NIA

Bloom­ing for­sythia bushes are my fa­vorite sign of spring. The color­ful yel­low flow­ers let me know that warmer tem­per­a­tures are on the way. Patty Out­law PORTSMOUTH, VIR­GINIA

The first male Amer­i­can goldfinch in his bril­liant yel­low plumage is the surest and most wel­come sign of spring. Bon­nie Sas­saman COL­LEGEVILLE, PENN­SYL­VA­NIA

Spot­ting a beau­ti­ful pur­ple, white or pink cro­cus pop­ping up from un­der a blan­ket of snow. Mary Smith LYNCH­BURG, VIR­GINIA

My fa­vorite sign of spring is when the eastern red­bud trees bloom. I love watch­ing the buds ap­pear, break open and cover the bare branches in del­i­cate pink flow­ers. Mary­grace Lynch SA­VAN­NAH, GE­OR­GIA

The way the air smells dif­fer­ent one morn­ing. I can’t de­scribe the scent, I just know it. Elo­dia Cain SAN AN­GELO, TEXAS

An Amer­i­can goldfinch perches in a red­bud tree.

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