When your eyes are almost swollen shut, when your nose is stuffed up, when everything is coated in yellow pollen, when Allegra becomes your drug of choice then you know that Spring is in the air.
Looking at my garden journal for the last couple of years I saw that most things didn't begin blooming here until about mid-March, but this year they started in mid-February.
The Carolina Jasmine is everywhere, my Camellias and Anemones are in full bloom, the Azaleas are covered in buds, and the Wisteria is just days away from being in full flower. The temperatures stay in the high 60's and low 70's which is just ideal.
I added a new Basil and a strawberry to my veggie bed and we've got more tomatoes sitting in the hot house waiting to be bedded out or put into upside down planters, we don't have a lot of luck with tomatoes here but we keep trying. My potatoes are a couple of inches high and I'll need to thin my carrots soon, and I hate thinning plants I'd rather they fought it out for space than for me to pull them up.
Near the rose bed out front I've put in a Lily, I think the colors are spectacular. My red lilies are already 2-3 inches high and that's way ahead of schedule. One of my neighbors said we'll probably get a late frost, but that's ok as long as it doesn't freeze.