Spring in the North Carolina mountains is a long, glorious season. This season unfolds gradually over many weeks, so the winter landscape doesn’t go away quickly. Usually the first hints of spring happen in late February with daffodils starting to bloom. A few here, a few there, and then the number of blooms increase by the day. A month later, by late March, the daffodils seem to be everywhere.
Some days are warmer than others, and some nights are still very cold. But the warmer, sunnier days outnumber the cloudy, rainy days. Many trees start to open their buds. This is a slow process, but the reddish tint on some of the trees is a sure sign of spring. In fact, there are buds swelling and unfolding everywhere I look. Of course the hydrangeas are creating their buds and some are showing green leaves. The Knockout roses started to open their leaves by late February!
The soil has been loose all winter with no hard freeze, so I have been raking it and sprinkling compost on many beds. The peas are already coming up and next month I will plant lettuce.
The exquisite Redbud trees are about to bloom. I love their vibrant pink blooms. I can see the buds getting ready to pop. The clematis plant is also forming buds for a spectacular show of blooms in about a month. Each plant has its own time and schedule. Daffodils are up first, followed by many others: azaleas, mountain laurels, phlox, clematis, peonies, and more. Spring here is an extended season, with many amazing colors, that goes until about mid-June.