Just today the camellia bush in my front yard has gone into full bloom! These are usually one of the first plants to bloom in late winter, but still it means new life for the spring.
Now I fully expect blackberry winter to set in sometime in the next few weeks, but that one cold snap should be the last of our cold weather. For those who don't know blackberry winter is where the weather warms for a few weeks, then the temperatures turn cold for 4-10 days before spring fully takes hold. In the fall when the opposite happens it is called Indian summer. My thermometer, which is on the north side of our house in full shade, reads 78* this afternoon. Whether spring has sprung or not, I am loving this weather.