I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for a turn in the weather or maybe I should say turn in the seasons. We’ve had almost 16 inches of snow over the yearly average, there’s the lovely recurring polar vortex and I just got my January Nicor bill!!!$$$. Santanaenergyservices.com here I come! Spring arrives 4 weeks from yesterday, on March 20th @ 4:58 CDT which just happens to be my birthday. Keep those cards and letters coming in folks and I will continue to take full credit for the vernal equinox and the wondrous rebirth of green and warmth and colors. There are some early peaks at Spring you can look for, here’s a guide to the first signs of spring:
Snowdrops, with their delicate white blooms and fresh green shoots, are a classic first sign of spring in the Chicago area. Also look for the Lenten rose, a popular little shade plant with sweet, old-fashioned flowers in white, pink, cream, rose and purple.
Some robins winter in Chicago, but those that migrate to southern Illinois could return as early as this week, Red-winged blackbirds are on approximately the same schedule. Look for migrating birds on days when the weather is a little warmer than it has been and there’s wind coming from the south.
In December and January, the cheerful chorus of songbirds goes largely silent, adding to the winter doldrums. But as the days start getting longer, the birds’ hormones rev up for spring, and the singing starts again. Cardinals, which live in Chicago year-round, can be heard singing in February,
Crocus blooms: These cheerful bulbs, with simple upright blooms in yellow, white and purple, typically trail the snowdrops, but not by much. They’re followed by sunny yellow daffodils and candy-colored tulips.
Migrating sandhill cranes, with their big, rattling calls of “Karoo! Karoo!” are among the most dramatic signs of spring in Illinois. On the day of a big warmup, with winds coming out of the south, Stotz will go and and look for the sandhills, but sometimes he hears them before he sees them. March is when he expects them to fly through in large numbers, but there was a sighting reported along the lakefront last weekend, he said.
Click here for Nara Schoenberg’s full article in the Trib. w/ all it’s amazing pictures.
We’re going to the Orchid Show @ The Botanic Gardens in Glencoe this weekend for a little feel of the tropics, but I’ll be watching for more of those signs of Spring!!