The current weather has us thinking a lot about the impending arrival of spring. We're hoping that groundhog was correct and we'll see an early spring this year! The signs are already starting to appear showing that spring is on its way. Here are some of our favorite signs that spring isn't too far away...

  • The birds are singing, and in some cases, returning to the area after their winter away! In the last week or so, we've sighted several groups of migratory birds on their long journey back north. Keep an eye out for them as you wander the trails at Burkhart Creek Park and stroll the White River Greenway at Old Town Waverly Park.  
  • The Inside Scoop will soon be open, serving up tasty ice cream treats. Opening day is typically the first week of March, and while it may still be chilly, getting ice cream from the Scoop is always an unmistakable sign of spring... and it's getting closer every day! 
  • Small buds will begin to appear on our favorite flowering trees. It'll probably still be a few weeks before they blossom, but seeing the buds appear and start to grow can really do wonders for one's attitude! Keep an eye out for them when you're out and about.
  • The Merry MAC Players Youth Production is about to open. An annual event in Morgan County, the community theatre group presents a fun youth production each year. This year's show is Mary Poppins, Jr, with performances March 1-17. The early bird gets the worm they say, and though this is one of our favorite signs of spring, those who haven't already reserved seats might be in danger of missing out! Tickets are selling fast, with some performances already sold out. Get yours here: merrymacplayers.org 
  • The peeper frogs are beginning to wake up and start singing! Stop near any pond or creek bank at dusk and you'll hear them. They may not be too noisy yet, but trust us - in the next few weeks, those little guys will become a rather deafening reminder that winter is almost over! 
  • This year's Garden Fest from the Morgan County Master Gardeners is now about a month away. March 23 is the day to celebrate all things garden related at Hoosier Harvest Church on State Road 252. There will be loads of fun booths, and even speakers to learn from. Get it on your calendar! 
  • Daffodils are bursting from the ground... we know., it'll be a few weeks before they bloom, but just seeing those little green leaves poking up through the earth puts us in a better mood. We'll be anxiously looking forward to this year's explosion of color on the grounds of Link Observatory. Open each weekend in April for visitors to enjoy (thanks to the Indiana Daffodil Society and the Indiana Astronomical Society), Helen Link's daffodils are truly the final sign that spring has finally arrived in Morgan County! 

Orange & White Daffodils at Link Observatory