It’s Spring in Fairhope

It’s only January 19th and even though Bill Finch, gardening writer for the Mobile Press-Register says our Gulf Coast Spring officially comes mid-February, the signs of spring are here. And why wouldn’t they be?  This is the sub-tropical Gulf Coast.

I saw tulips poking their heads out of the ground.

The oaks that hold onto their dead leaves all winter are starting to let them go for new growth.  My street was covered in dead leaves that weren’t there yesterday and my deciduous trees are finally starting to look bare.

I was greeted at the front door this afternoon by a leaf-footed bug.

My over-wintering grass is starting to green. An actual clover appeared through the unraked leaves in the back yard.

I guess spring in Fairhope isn’t officially here for a few weeks, and maybe it’s wishful thinking on my part, but I saw the signs.