close up photography of yellow flowers

Signs of Spring

This past week in Southern Ontario we have had a lovely quick blast of summer temperatures! We are heading back to colder temperatures again next week, but we’ve had a wonderful time of it while it lasted!

Spring is here, and it’s time to say goodbye to the winter blues and hello to the vibrant colors of the season. From the chirping of birds to the blooming of flowers, there are countless signs that spring has arrived. So, without further ado, here are the top signs of spring that will put a smile on your face!

It’s Finally Warm Outside

If you’ve spent the last few months hibernating under a pile of blankets like me – you’ll be happy to know that the temperature is finally above freezing!

Hibernating goldendoodle under blankets
Hibernating goldendoodle under blankets

While the average temperature in our village in April is typically about 12 degrees C (53.6F) – this past week it’s been up to 27 degrees C! (80.6F)! That’s just crazy.

It’s probably time to send lots politicians on gas guzzling jets to a G7 global warming conference.

Groundhog - Willie's cousin
Groundhog – Willie’s cousin

It looks like my favourite groundhog – Wiarton Willie was right after all – spring is here early. I knew that Punxsutawney Phil was wrong when he predicted 6 more weeks of winter. (Isn’t it 9 weeks since Groundhog Day? Was Phil right??)

(While I was out stalking the garden centres – Willie’s cousin crossed the road!)

Groundhog crossing the road
Groundhog crossing the road

Hibernation is Over

The creatures are out of their hibernation – and not just the groundhogs. The roads are crowded with people visiting their home improvement stores, the old pair (my husband and I) are furiously raking leaves, and kids on bicycles and scooters are everywhere!


The Animals are Losing Their Winter Coats

The squirrels seem to be changing their fur – and Max got his spring haircut!

Max got his spring haircut
Max got his spring haircut

Personally, I’ve been shopping online for summer clothes – because it’s time for me to put away my parkaand maybe I’ll lighten my hair like Max.

Plants are Sprouting and Trees are Waking Up

My daffodils have emerged and my maple trees are starting to leaf out. The forsythia are the first shrubs to bloom in my yard! They don’t look like this picture – but at least something is growing. The glacier in our yard just melted last week afterall.

macro photography of yellow flowering tree
A fantasy forsythia – Photo by Kristina Paukshtite on
My forsythia are pretty scruffy - but I'll take any sign of spring
My forsythia are pretty scruffy – but I’ll take any sign of spring

I have been desperately trying to plant grass seed and water itto fill in the bare spots!

I have also been proudly taking my seed starting trays out to the sunlight – and back inside at night. (My family is concerned that I talk to the seedlings, but the seedlings don’t mind!!)

The Birds Are Chirping

One sure sign of spring is the return of the birds and their joyful chirping……

cute robin sitting on tree branch
Photo by Skyler Ewing on

Spring is definitely for the birds! We have had Canada Geese and swans in the neighbourhood all winter – but they sure are noisy these days – there’s a woodpecker busily pecking away at our favourite flowering almond Tree – the robins seem to be eating the grass seed – and the pigeons are very busy on my front porch – so much for the joy of nature!

Spring Cleaning and Projects

Spring cleaning is a sign that the season has officially arrived. After the seeming inactivity of winter, we have sprung back to work – getting packed up for our summer cottage, and getting the house and yard tidied up so we can be ready to head out.

-There was quite a bit of celebration when we put the snow shovels away!

Spray painting the iron patio furniture
Spray painting the iron patio furniture

A sure sign of spring for our neighbours is the smell of paint wafting from our yard….. We have happily spray painted our iron furniture and touched up our lattice fence. We felt very accomplished until we heard our neighbour complaining about the spray paint smell – oops.

White stain on the lattice fence panels
White stain on the lattice fence panels (and my hands)

-Our young adult sons who are currently living at home have been hinting that it would be so nice at the cottage right now (perhaps hoping to speed us on our way so they can have some peace and quiet – not realizing that our northern lake is inaccessible for a few weeks until the ice melts!)

More Daylight

The days are getting longer and we have more sunlight. We have returned to enjoying morning coffee and evening Pinot Grigio on the front porch. I hope to have some wine left to take to the cottage!

The weather is beautiful – but it’s hot in the house and we can’t find the remote controls for the air conditioner!

Spring has Sprung!

My favourite Aunt used to say:

“Spring has sprung, the grass has ris, I wonder where the birdie’s is?”

close up photography of yellow flowers daffodils
Photo by Maria Tyutina on

I hope that these signs of spring put a smile on your face. It’s getting chilly again for the next week or so – but now we are awake and out of hibernation and getting active again. What are the signs of spring at your part of the world?

Happy Spring!

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12 thoughts on “Signs of Spring

  1. What a wonderful post! It really put a smile on my face and made me excited to embrace the signs of spring. I especially loved the pictures of the cute animals and plants. I was wondering, what inspired you to write about the signs of spring? Do you have a favourite seasonal activity that you look forward to?

    yoy edib

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I’m kind of a crazy garden lady – so my favourite spring activity is watching things sprout!

  2. as you go into spring, we in OZ are in the middle of autunm – a joy as rain begins to fill our wetlands, and the bush golf course near us begins to green up again. Another couple of months, the whales will begin passing our shores!

    1. I have never seen a whale! One of the things I enjoy most about the blog world is reading about the seasons in other parts of the world – especially when I am indoors on a cold winter day.

  3. The meadowlarks are back, and the crocuses are just starting to sprout up. Snow or rain and cold in the forecast for tomorrow🙄.

    1. The snow is all gone, and now we are worried about fires! I didn’t think we had meadowlarks in Ontario – but we have some at the cottage now. I looked it up when you commented and found that they are a “threatened” species in Ontario!

      1. And now I just looked at the map of the western and eastern meadowlark as I was listening to one from my veranda!

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