The days are longer, Mother Nature’s nursery is busy, birds are preparing for their northern migration, the citrus season is practically over, breezes are keeping temperatures low and windows are open to fresh air and clear blue skies. This month, Authentic Florida readers shared their favorite signs of spring.
The most popular sign of all is the sweet smell of night jasmine. Add blooming amarillos, orchids, azaleas, dogwoods and roses. Trees of gold, redbuds and granddaddy graybeards burst with exquisite color. Fruit trees are blossoming. Pastel-colored wildflowers blanket open fields.
Most birds including sand hill cranes, bluebirds, chickadees, wrens and woodpeckers are actively attending to their young and frogs are croaking loudly. Horses are shedding their winter coat, baby raccoons and otter families are coming out.
Florida’s lettuce, spinach, cabbage, cucumbers, peppers, corn, cauliflower, zucchini, squash, and tomatoes are coming in daily. Florida’s strawberries are wrapping up and the blueberries are coming in.
And just for fun, baseball and spring training is here, grills are firing up, and neighbors are lingering at the mailbox to say hello.
Authentic Florida reader, Jeff Martin shares his spring mornings, “Thirty minutes before dawn I listen to the dew dropping off the leaves, see the birds drinking, bathing and coming to life. The air seems to change slowly and the earth seems to swell slightly, drawing its first breath. I smell the morning scents of pine, oak and jasmines in bloom. I listen to the early sounds of bees getting their first taste, a mullet splashing across the water. Spring is the time of year when I feel insignificant, yet one with the world around me.”
It's that magical time of year. Enjoy.