Signs of Spring

As the days get a little bit longer and we’re teased with sunshine and warmth in between late winter storms, spring offers us some signs that it is not too far away.

One sign of spring is the appearance of the variegated reddish-green pattern of freshly sprouted Skunk Cabbage near a marshy meadow or wetlands.

Skunk Cabbage

Another sign is the bright yellow flower of Coltsfoot pushing through the dead leaves along the side of a wooded dirt road.


For birders, the return of the red-winged blackbirds and their noisy chorus is an obvious indicator that spring is coming.

Red-winged Blackbird

But for some in Penns Valley, the real sign that spring is near is the seasonal re-opening of the Dutch Valley Bakery.  Good news!  Your wait for baked goods and rotisserie chicken will be over this Friday, March 2nd!

Dutch Valley Bakery re-opens March 2nd

And their neighbor across the street, Breezy Acre Flowers opens a day earlier with seeds and supplies on Thursday, March 1st.

Breezy Acre Flowers re-opens March 1st

These are just a few signs of spring, and we’d love to hear what signals the coming of spring for you, no matter if it comes from nature or is related to the re-opening of your favorite seasonal business.

And while the winter snows may not be over, remember, no matter how much March acts like a lion, April showers and May flowers will be here before you know it.

Jon Whitsel –

Photo credits:  Jon Whitsel
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