only two real holidays, both of them commonly associated with the color
green. The first day of Spring comes in
March, and we have every reason to expect the world to turn green. In Memphis, though, you can't count on
that. Statistically, it is as likely to
snow on March 20 as on any day of winter.
If the neighborhood
does not turn not white from snow in March, the Bradford pear trees will
produce enough white blossoms to make it look like snowfall. At the same time,
the wonderful old post oaks in the south grow long fuzzy catkins in the Spring,
and they are capable of producing enough pollen paint your car yellow if you
park under one. Green will simply have to wait.
dependable signs of Spring are the migrations.
Our little juncos and red-winged blackbirds will be heading north, along
with those other snow-birds, the folks from along the U. S./Canada border, who
have been keeping warm in Florida all winter. You'll see them on the interstate,
chugging along in their overloaded motor homes.
Another migration path leads south in March – northern college students
on Spring Break. You'll want to avoid
them on the highways, too.
There will be a vertical migration as well. Do you want to know how close Spring really
is? Check to see how far down in the
dirt you have to dig to find an earthworm.
Their migrations may only cover a distance of six inches or so, but when
they start to stick their wormy little heads up in your garden, Spring is definitely
This yea r I’m not taking any chances. We're in in South Carolina, which seems like cheating a
bit. Yes, the first day of Spring will
be sunny and warm. But then every day
this week has been sunny and warm. I
hope you’re warm and sunny, too, wherever you are. But if you’re facing another blizzard, think
about all those poor little worms huddled underground, just like you. And remember, these are the days you’ll long
for in August!