How do you know when the spring is coming?

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow”

snowdrops

Back home in Romania, as a kid, I always knew when the spring was coming!

March 1st was not only a day in the calendar telling us the first day of the spring, but the emerging snowdrops, the first flowers of the year blooming around that date were our biggest joy. The sign the winter is over. After a good cold winter, we were ready to move on, full of hope and anticipation, and these little, gentle flowers were giving us a great joy, and happiness on our walk towards the next season. The triumph of the spring over the winter.

emerging snowdrops

Snowdrops grow in both cold and moderate winter regions, and gladly we still have them here, in Canada, where we currently live.

Although I remember the winter was definitely over once the snowdrops grew stronger and higher, here, in Ontario the winter is lingering quite a bit, and who knows how many layers of snow we might see until the spring will get her full rights.

snowdrop

Snowdrops flower early in the year, February to March. Most of the time they pop up through the snow, or arise with a snowcap, if that’s too stubborn to melt away.

I miss my snowdrops, but I know they are here. I can see their little heads coming out. No matter how hesitant they are, they are getting stronger every day. No matter how long the winter, the spring is sure to follow!

snowdrops in the snow

Many countries consider the snowdrops the messengers of the spring, symbolizing hope, and purity. They give us a promise for a new spring, hope for life, and hope for peace. They are and will always be the symbol of the spring in my heart.

snowdrops

Have a fabulous spring!!

How do you know when the spring is coming in the place, or the country you’re living in?

Do you have snowdrops?

39 thoughts on “How do you know when the spring is coming?

  1. How beautiful are those snowdrops (never heard of them … and of course, never have seen them). When our spring arrives (which will now be in September), the first sign is also the wild spring flowers – colours of white, orange and yellow appears everywhere.
    But for now, we are making ready to enter winter (and it’s welcome I must say, we had a very hot summer)!

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    1. I love wildflowers, and I’m sure you have a feast for your eyes with all those blooming and colourful flowers when the time comes🙂 Enjoy the winter till then, hope you’re having a fantastic one!

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  2. Snowdrops are very definitely an early sign of Spring here in England, in fact they tend to start to bloom long before Spring arrives and poke their little white heads up during February. I always think that one sign of Spring is the smell – soil starts to smell different in Spring…kind of a damp warm scent rather than the faintly harsh smell of winter.

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  3. Snowdrops are such pretty flowers and a great sign to know that Spring is coming. This makes me want to plant some in my garden now. I usually tell that it’s spring by the birds. They are everywhere these days and are happily chirping.

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    1. You should definitely plant some snowdrops, if you have a chance. They are hardy perennials, and do not require any care of any sort.
      Indeed, such a delight to hear the birds, especially this morning, they certainly have something to celebrate🙂
      Have a fabulous spring!

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      1. These sounds like the kind of flowers I could handle! I would also like to plant some tulips. Have a wonderful weekend. I hope that saying is true about how April (or rather March, but close enough) showers bring May flowers.

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      2. With tulips is a bit different, as the squirrels love them! The first tulip bulbs I planted (bought in Amsterdam airport) ended up as a delicious lunch for the little ones😁 I would say a very expensive lunch LOL You will need to be careful after planting, until the soil is settled, the following years will be fine!
        🥰

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  4. I love these little flowers too! It looks like winter in Sarnia is completely over now. Mice change for us since we moved from the GTA and the lingering winter you had mentioned. Today I will survey my new to me garden and see if anything is starting to sprout. Happy spring to you!

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    1. Thank you Sarah! I love crocuses too.
      But the snowdrops are the first flowers to be visible here as they poke through the snow. Crocuses are much prettier, as they give more colour to the ground, but we can only see them when the snow is totally melted. Which is going to happen soon🙂
      Happy spring to you!

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  5. The slow arrival of spring this year is a bit distressing. We were in Vancouver at the end of January and the snow drops, daffodils and crocus were all coming up. Meanwhile at home, we still have only snow, ice and grit. Sigh. Yesterday was likely the first day I felt the promise of spring with a detectable warmth from the sun. Snow is going fast. Stay well Christie. Allan

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    1. Ohh, Vancouver.. they are always ahead of the rest of us. Our friends from Vancouver are tired of hiking and biking until we can get out in the bush🙂
      We also have that promise for today, hopefully most of the snow will melt!
      Happy spring to you, Allan!
      Christie

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  6. Such a positive message, spring will always come 😊 We have snowdrops in Alberta but they’re not as common as crocus and daffodils. Those and robins always mean spring to me. Happy Spring Christie! Maggie

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    1. You’re right, robins are the first birds in the year to mate, if I remember correctly. We also have daffodils, but they will bloom later.
      I found recently a park with many snowdrops in the shade. By the time the trails are dry, most the the snowdrops will fade, this is probably the reason why I didn’t see them before.
      Have a fabulous spring you too, Maggie!
      xx

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  7. Same in Latvia! We believe that snowdrops are often the first sign of spring and a sure indication that milder weather is on its way ☺️🥰 they are actually surprisingly resilient for something that looks so delicate ☺️🥰 thanks for sharing and have a good day ☺️ Aiva xx

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  8. We don’t have snowdrops where I live now, but I’ve lived places where there was snow for snowdrops. They are so very sweet and hopeful…
    Wishing you a lovely spring! 🌱

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    1. Until all the other flowers start blooming, we enjoy these little ones🙂 Hopefully the snow is melting these days, and we shall see the spring soon. The birds are out, so it must be close🥰
      Thank you Gunta, best wishes to you too!! xx

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  9. Lovely photos, I can feel your excitement when they pop up through the snow. I’m in the Colorado mountains and there are crocus here and there (not yet, still snowing). Those who garden (not me!) can cultivate bulbs that appear early. I’m just happy when the wild grasses turn green.

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    1. It is amazing to watch when everything comes back to life, in the spring, isn’t it? If it’s for the tree buds, the flowers, or grass. I love crocus, I only have few of them in my little garden, and they are about to bloom now.
      Happy Spring, Ruth! Thank you for your kind note🥰

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  10. I can’t contemplate such a long winter! There is no snow here for the snowdrops to peep through, but I did always look forward to them arriving in our English garden. Your photos are lovely. Enjoy the season!

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