What is it about Spring?

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain

Some parts of the country are already well into Spring, but the changing of the seasons comes later to those of us living in Central Illinois.

The signs are subtle at first. Gradual. Then, all of a sudden, you look around and marvel at the overall greenness, the profusion of flowers and leaves, new life in the form of baby bunnies, squirrels, and birds.

Before we get to that point, I want to share some photos Dallas and I took of early Spring. I hope you’ll enjoy them!

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It won’t be long before this tree is fully leafed; right now, it’s covered in buds.

A bush just starting to leaf out.

A bush just starting to bear leaves.

Hyacinths emerging from a long winter's nap.

Hyacinths emerging from a long winter’s nap.

No clue what this is, but I like the blue color!

No clue what this is, but I like the blue color!

A weeping cherry that soon will be covered in delicate white blossoms.

A weeping cherry that soon will be covered in delicate white blossoms.

Daffodils opening to greet the sunshine.

Daffodils opening to greet the sunshine.

Last but not least -- everybody's favorite sign of Spring -- the robins are back!

Last but not least — everybody’s favorite sign of Spring — the robins are back!

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27 thoughts on “What is it about Spring?

  1. Ah! An MT quote–tops! *fist thingy*

    All that green is just awesome. It’s been raining here. So, everything will get green, I assume. And it’s much warmer than it’s been. I have the fever bad.

    • Robins in winter??? That’s an interest. Do you wonder if we send our robins over to spend winters there, then y’all send them back to summer here?? Wouldn’t that be fun? Now, if only the little cuties could talk….

      • I wondered that, but according to google they live here all year round. I don’t know – maybe it’s just ‘cos they’re traditional on Christmas cards that they’re thought of as a winter bird…

        • Robins on Christmas cards? Well, that’s a wonder. We usually see poinsettias, Christmas trees, Santa, manger scenes — more traditional stuff. I’ll have to check next time the season rolls around and see if any of our cards come with robins. Gee, I just love learning new things!!

  2. Debbie, it’s so ironic you posted about spring because I have a post planned for Friday on the same topic! I have off yesterday and the weather was gorgeous, so I spent the day outside taking pictures of all the spring flowers starting to bloom! It’s most definitely happening slowly because we’re still experiencing some very cold days, but you can see spring peeking through :)

    “No clue what this is, but I like the blue color!”

    HA! I also took a picture of those SAME flowers, but have no idea what they’re called!?!

    Have a great rest of your week, my friend! Spring is on its way!
    X

    • Ron, you know what they say — Great minds run on the same track! How cool that you’re going to bring out your new camera and show us your area in Spring — I’ll be interested to see what you capture, my friend!

      You found those same blue flowers?? Gee, now I’m really curious. What can they be?? At first, I was thinking “weed,” but I’m not so sure. I think it’s more likely a wild flower of some sort. After all, nobody here is planting yet, ha!

      Hope the rest of your week is super!

  3. I think FictionFan might live in Britain? If she does, her robins and our robins are different species. And yes — I’ve received several Christmas cards over the years from England that show the British robin. They’re very pretty, too, but slightly different in coloring and size from ours.

    As for that pretty blue flower, I think it’s called Blue-eyed grass. Here’s a link for it. The photos show a white flower, but it comes in blue, lavender and maybe even a pink. I can’t remember. But it’s a pretty thing, and from what I can tell from the photo, yours fits the description.

    We’ll deep into spring now. In fact, we’re well into pollen season. I had to wash the car twice last week, to get all the yellow and green off it. I’m not suffering as badly from allergies as some people, but there’s plenty of the stuff to go around. The wisteria is blooming now, and a multitude of wildflowers. It’s a wonderful season!

    • Linda, you’re a wealth of welcome information today — thank you, my friend! I didn’t know there was a difference between our robins and British robins. How amazing to hear that! I’ll have to Google it and find out more.

      Blue-eyed grass, huh? Well, yes, what I’ve seen does meet up with the thing you’ve linked. It’s pretty, but not fragrant. Small, and doesn’t seem to last long. The ones I’ve seen have been blue or lilac.

      Our pollen is TERRIBLE. Everybody is running around with itchy, watery eyes, sneezing, and runny noses. They’re blaming it on trees right now, but there’s also a great deal of mold. The grasses will come around later. Despite all that, it’s a blessing to be rid of the COLD and snow — now, if we can just get past all these thunderstorms unscathed!!

  4. Debbie, I kind of miss the changing of the seasons. Ours is much more subtle, though right now my roses have started to bloom and they look mighty pretty, if you ask me. Thanks for sharing what your side of the world looks like right now. Love all the greenery.

    • Roses? Roses? Oh, wow, that sounds delightful, Monica! Ours are starting to turn green, way down close to the ground, but no leaves, no flowers yet. I imagine the thunderstorms we’ve been having this week will give them a needed dousing of water, though!

  5. Debbie, these are lovely photos of the early signs of spring where you live! I can imagine how beautiful that weeping cherry will look when it is full of blossoms :) The spring season has been taking its time getting here but we will perhaps appreciate it even more now that it has arrived xo

    • Christy, the weeping cherry is breath-taking! It’s a mass of pink and white blooms right now, but those will eventually give way to leaves. Doesn’t offer much in the way of shade, but its springtime beauty more than makes up for that! Have a super weekend!

      • Oh it sounds delightful! We have cherry blossom trees here, Debbie. They rise up for the branches rather than being the weeping sort in your variety. Maybe they are long-lost cousins? Thanks and you have a great weekend too! :)

    • It *does* feel like magic, Pat — that’s a great way of describing it! I imagine you remember how we Illinois folk long for warm, sunshiny days — the farmers are itching to get in the fields, kids are eager for school to be out, and the rest of us? Well, we’re just sooo tired of shoveling snow, ha!

  6. Thanks for sharing your spring scenery, Debbie. Spring is arriving slightly slower here. It’s warm and sunny today, but just a couple of days ago, we got a late snow. Our trees and plants aren’t blossoming just yet.

    • Oh, but they will be, Terri, and probably sooner than you imagine. Mother Nature just seems to know when we’ve had it Up To Here with winter and rescues us! Here’s hoping you, too, will start seeing signs of Spring everywhere!

  7. Spring has been here for several weeks, so it’s hard to imagine it coming slowly elsewhere! There is so much hope in the first buds of spring… the perfect thing after a dormant winter.

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