The spring equinox, also known as the vernal equinox, officially starts March 20, 2016. I guess because of the way the earth tips and turns, Canada gets in shortly before midnight on March 19th. The weather is so crazy this year that we have to believe the common sense we're born with. Spring is here when plants can bloom and leaf out without having everything freeze off or blow away in the fierce wind.
Just look at the growth from the yarrow. I choose not to yank out the natural cover from last fall, because it provides warmth and safety to the new leaves. I really enjoy the tall stalks that hold the tight clusters dainty yellow flowers!
This is a wonderful Leap Year Day gift from Mother Nature. I've been swindled out of spring flowers like this beautiful daffodil more times than I care to remember. This morning I walked outside and saw this brilliant yellow bloom. The Iris may not bloom this year, as it's still dropping to the low 20s overnight.
It doesn't matter. I am thrilled with just one flower of any type! Yes, I enjoy dandelions and cherry blossoms and roses. It's sort of like a reaffirmation that survival is something the whole earth works toward.
Have you noticed any signs of spring in the last week or so? It's a wonderful time to celebrate life!