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Signs of Spring on Hilton Head- At Last!

With temperatures dropping into the 30’s again this week we were reminded of what a long winter it has been here in Hilton Head.  We wouldn’t get much sympathy from our  Ohio friends who have suffered through wave after wave of snow and sub- freezing weather but let’s face it, we are just not set up for what we have experienced here this year. At our house rooms were cold, electric bills higher than normal, some of our favorite plants were wiped out and, most tragically, the tennis courts at Spring Lake Tennis Center were frozen and unplayable many days! I have noticed some signs that winter will soon have to release it’s grip and give in to spring. These are some of my personal signs of Hilton Head springtime. Leave us a comment and tell us some of yours!

The Azaleas are starting to bloom!

The Azaleas are starting to bloom!

The old marsh grass is washing up at Dolphin Head and will soon be replaced by the beautiful new bright green grass in the low country salt marshes.

The old marsh grass is washing up at Dolphin Head and will soon be replaced by the beautiful new bright green grass in the low country salt marshes.

The spring garden is coming alive at the Hilton Head Plantation community farm.

The spring garden is coming alive at the Hilton Head Plantation community farm.

The "Snowbirds" are heading North up the Intracoastal Waterway after a long winter.

The “Snowbirds” are heading North up the Intracoastal Waterway after a long winter.

We are seeing the first of the Horseshoe Crabs on the beach at low tide.  There will soon be dozens on the beach every  morning spawning and laying their eggs which will bring hundreds of seagulls.

We are seeing the first of the Horseshoe Crabs on the beach at low tide. There will soon be dozens on the beach every morning spawning and laying their eggs which will bring hundreds of seagulls.

 

The 10 day forecast is looking warmer (and sunnier) in Hilton Head.

The 10 day forecast is looking warmer (and sunnier) in Hilton Head.

What are your signs of spring?

A winter relapse in Cleveland Heights, Ohio March 29th!

A winter relapse in Cleveland Heights, Ohio March 29th!

Shortly after this post was published my sister Elaine  in Cleveland Heights, Ohio emailed me the picture of her back deck that prompted her to revise her “sign of spring” (see the Comments)!

 

 

About the author: John Turley blogs about Hilton Head, Geothermal, and Sustainability.

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  • Elaine March 28, 2014, 1:17 pm

    Our sign of spring in Cleveland Heights is big-bellied Robins. I should say BRAVE big-bellied Robins, as it’s been COLD! And cold again! But there are bulbs that have been strong enough to send green shoots through the crusty ground in my gardens. I am now trying to remember what I planted! Always a fun surprise!

    • Elaine March 30, 2014, 7:59 am

      I would like to change my previous post. There are NO signs of spring in Cleveland. Six inches of snow came yesterday. Send us some real estate links….we’re movin’ to Hilton Head!!!!

  • Sarah March 28, 2014, 8:21 am

    Signs of spring in Ohio…still mid 30s and snow! Can’t wait to be home in HHI in May!

  • Helen March 28, 2014, 6:24 am

    My sign of spring is sitting out on my deck in the sunshine instead of sitting inside wishing I could!

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