The first sign of spring for me is always a delightful flowery fragrance that I call the Scent of Spring.
This year I smelled it for the first time on January 8, just outside the front door of an apartment building in my neighborhood.
The next earliest smelling (can't call it a sighting) was January 18 in 2004, so this is really early.
When I got home that night, I saw that the sweet box (Sarcocca humilis, also known as Christmas box) outside my apartment building was already in bloom. So that might be the Scent of Spring. Although my friend Janis mentioned that she smelled a daphne odora the other day, so it could have been a dahpne rather than sweet box.
Whatever it was, I know spring is coming soon. What is the first sign of spring where you live?
This blog entry was cross-posted at my new blog