Things I See Around Town: Imitations of Spring

Here we are in mid February, and I am finally beginning to see the early signs of spring in our region of North Carolina. The colder than normal weather we have experienced has pushed these early events a month later than in past years. I have now seen first daffodils and forsythia around town. One of my neighbors has cherry trees in bloom, and similar ones are in color all over town.

In my garden hellebores are finally blooming; Tete-a-tete daffodils are up and beginning to show a teasing of yellow; and a half dozen or more pots of tulips are poking up green shoots; my chives patch us up 4-6 inches. There is hope now for a colorful return of spring after all the dull, cold, wintry weather.

I’m excited. I’m even going to venture out for a garden center visit…just to see what they have to entice me.

About johnvic8

John Viccellio retired after 24 years in the U. S. Navy and began to dig into gardening when he could finally land in one place. He completed the Master Gardener course in 1992 and has since designed and constructed two of his own gardens. He wrote a monthly garden column for ten years and was a regular contributor to Carolina Gardener magazine. John published his first book, Guess What's in My Garden!, in 2014. He lives in a retirement community in Matthews, NC.
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7 Responses to Things I See Around Town: Imitations of Spring

  1. Christina says:

    Ah, John, some retail therapy- a real sign of spring fever. 😉


  2. bittster says:

    Nothing wrong with a little look around 🙂
    Glad to hear spring is on the move. If your forecast is anything like ours you’ll be sipping a cool drink in the shade in no time at all!


  3. johnvic8 says:

    I can hardly wait.


  4. Now you have put me in the mood! The neighbor’s cherries are Prunus x incamp ‘Okame,’ a hybrid of Prunus incisa and Prunus campanulata that is one of the best for the deep south (it flourishes as far south as mid Florida) since it has a low chilling point. I love it for its dainty blooms and upright vase-like form that reaches about 20-feet tall and, of course, for its early and extensive bloom period, which is prolonged by our typically cool but mild weather of late winter.


    • johnvic8 says:

      Thanks, Marian. The changes are happening quickly now.
      I have several thick notebooks of garden trips to Normandy and England. I thought you might want to see them to assist in some of your travel initiatives. I can bring them to you when I visit my daughter. If you are interested, send me your email to and we can correspond offline to set it up.

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  5. Beautiful cherry blossoms!


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