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Southern Signs of Spring in Hilton Head

Although we can garden all year-long in Hilton Head, February can be quite a challenge. Nightly temperatures can drop below freezing a couple of times, prompting either a “cover everything” or an “it will be all right (I’m too lazy)” reaction. As March warm weather builds our confidence we are over the overnight freeze threat, we begin to appreciate the Southern signs of spring in Hilton Head.

Spring in Hilton Head

Spring in Hilton HeadTo me, azaleas have always been the hallmark of spring in Hilton Head. When I would visit the island this time of year, I would relish the masses of color as my NE Ohio garden was still bleak and dreary. Now that I live here, I get to experience the anticipation of the glorious full blooms one little bud at a time in my own backyard.

Spring in Hilton HeadSpring means the croton get to come out of the house and back into the garden. They made wonderful houseplants this winter.Spring in Hilton Head

The Whooping Crane Conservancy

spring in hilton head Right here in our neighborhood, we have a 137 acre preserve that protects the local wildlife and their habitat. The Whooping Crane Conservancy includes a long, meandering boardwalk that leads out over a large pond. Beautiful and eerie at the same time, this quiet little oasis is a haven for nature lovers. A short walk from our house, we love the quiet atmosphere.
Spring in Hilton HeadI always feel like I am caught in a Stephen King novel when I enter the pond area. If you ever read his novel “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon,” you will know exactly what I mean. A bright green swamp where a creature can hide . . .
Spring in Hilton Head

A Walk in the Neighborhood

Spring in Hilton Head Lots of flowering trees and bushes everywhere you walk.
spring in hilton head
With the trees in full bloom, the ferns are starting to unfold.
Spring in Hilton HeadAnd don’t forget the wildlife! This painted bunting was caught on camera by my friend, Sheri Linscott, in her backyard. Spring is here!Spring in Hilton head

About the author: Janet Turley is a freelance writer and speaker who lives on Hilton Head Island. She blogs about all the wonderful things to do on the island at janetturleyhiltonhead.com and about her tennis game at hiltonheadlovestennis.com. Contact her at janet@janetturleyhiltonhead.com

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