The FarmGirls and all of America waited for our traditional day of the ground hog and this year he was so kind to not see his shadow.

Spring has been scheduled to arrive in six weeks. We are elated and watching.

Traditional signs of spring are early budding plants and trees. As this season approaches the spectrum of color is amazing and beautiful. Between the chartreus green, mint green and dark green budding of the leaves transitioning trees from the bleak and dreary tones of winter to the liveliness of spring, plants awaken from their winter slumber.

Early spring bloomers, include the redbud trees. This 15 to 20 foot tree bud out often in February. They grow naturally in the wild. They are an understory tree, but can be planted in the sun. The spring show is always magnificent the length of time for budding depends on the weather. Cooler spring days would allow for longer bloom time.

Flowering Quince is a tall shrub, referred to as a background shrub. In the spring their color is beautiful. They bloom in an array of colors including striking peach, hot pink, brilliant red and white. Bloom time lingers in cooler springs. This 6 foot shrub appears a bit straggly later in the spring, thus typically planted in the back of a garden.

Bridal Wreath Spirea is an early spring show stopper. The Bridal Wreath Spirea is a large deciduous shrub that can reach 7 feet in height and 8 to 9 feet in width. The fountain flowing branches are loaded with tiny sweet white blooms in the early spring. This amazing shrub is timeless in a flower garden.

Peach, apple, apricot and pear trees make a showy spring statement. My mother-in-law, Donelle’s grandmother always prepared beautiful vases of the tall flowering stems with the sweet pink blossoms for her Easter buffet. These fruit trees can be worked into the edible landscape gardens.

Daffodils, iris, the white blooming ground cover called candytuft and blue, white and lavender thrift are some hardy early blooming perennials. Dianthus blooms in hot pink, white, hot pink and blended colors are annuals/bi-annuals that also provide a bold show of spring color.

Forsythia, Lady Banksia, pussy willow all scream, finally it is spring. As the flowers awaken so do butterflies, songbirds and bugs, be watchful. Our faithful groundhog tradition says spring is coming so liven up gardeners!

Our spring gardening classes have begun both on-line and in house. Contact Donelle at 214-842-2100 or Marilyn at 214-497-3018. Also, learn about the exciting essential oils by attending one of our diamond events. Classes are available every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. at 3708 North Highway 77, Waxahachie.