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Some gardeners believe the first crocus in bloom is the official harbinger of spring. Other folks wait until the equinox.
The local meteorologists contend spring occurs when the average daily temperature exceeds 50 degrees, the third week of February.
For me, spring begins when I see the first wildflower. On the last weekend of January I was successful.
That’s pretty amazing when you consider we live north of the 45th parallel.
The Catherine Creek area always makes for a fine place to spot early wildflowers. They were few and far between, but on the lower slopes I spotted five purple grass widows in bloom. They are a showy, small member of the iris family.
It’s time to put away the winter parkas and break out the polo shirts.