“With the lengthening days which distinguish the third month of winter from its predecessor, come ardent desires for spring, and longings for the time of birds and flowers. An adventurous swallow too early flying from the south, a vision of snowdrops in the snow, a day of April warmth lit by a slant February sun, are all hailed with pleasure as harbingers of a more gracious season on its northland way.” ~Oscar Fay Adams (American author and editor; 1855-1919)

Photo shows the sweetly-fragranced blossoms of an Arnold’s Promise Witch Hazel, another harbinger of spring.

Gladly shared by Betty Hanselman

Gardener’s wife (& February “spring seeker”)