Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow this year, signifying six more weeks of winter. But regardless of what happened on February 2nd, early spring signs will soon start popping up everywhere. Birds begin singing and color brightens the landscape. This may take the shape of delicate blooms pushing their way through the snow or shrub branches covered in bright splashes of yellow.
A few plant indicators of spring include a mix of early spring flowers, such as:
- Crocuses are commonly associated with early spring, due to their bright purple and pink color pushing up through snow covered ground. This hardy flower survives unpredictable Midwestern weather.
- Bloodroot is also an early spring bloomer with full, white flowers and is commonly found in wooded areas and river banks. The solitary flower is short-lived and isn’t often seen past March.
- Spring Beauty is also a common spring wildflower found along wooded paths, under tree canopies and in city parks or lawns. Look for the delicate white and pink shades that open during sunny days and close at night. A slight floral scent will float in the air.
- The Snowdrop flower is another early spring indicator that warmer weather is on its way. Snowdrops are often the first blooms of the year. Delicate, bell-shaped flowers will push their way through frost covered ground, brightening spirits and inspiring dreams of what’s to come. Snowdrops are found most commonly in woodland settings.
- Other early spring, wooded area blooms are Virginia Bluebells, wild Phlox and wild Geranium.
These flowers and others are an excellent motivation to visit local forest preserves and take advantage of wooded paths that will reveal early spring gems.
There are a few shrub varieties that also indicate winter is on its way out. Forsythia and Witch Hazel are bright yellow, red or orange, depending on the variety. The color jumps out in an otherwise dreary winter landscape.
While these blooms may be the first to appear, others are soon to follow. Lilacs, Tulips, Daffodils and a variety of wildflowers make their spring arrival for everyone’s enjoyment and adoration. Spring has arrived!
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