March Onward!

I’ve been thinking — while staring at the very ugly day outside — that March has gotten a bad rap, that perhaps it doesn’t deserve all the negativity that we associate with it. March, in fact, brings many gifts.

In three short weeks, the first day of spring will officially arrive. The very word spring seems like a cruel joke here in Nova Scotia today, but three weeks can bring enormous change. In just one week, those of us who change to Daylight Savings Time will gain another hour of light. Shadows shorten; days lengthen. That in itself seems to signal that the possibility of spring is real.

Toward the latter part of the month, most gardens in this area may have crocuses, hyacinths, daffodils, and tulips, those glorious harbingers of spring. It’s not unusual to find fragrant clumps of mayflowers in bloom toward the end of March. Robins and even hummingbirds may make an appearance as well. Pussy willows will burst forth and, if Nature is very kind, we may even hear those first tentative notes of the Spring Peepers Chorus.

Ice and snow will slowly disappear. Brooks and streams will swell with the winter melt and tumble melodiously once again. Breezes will surprise us with a warmer and gentler caress. The sun will hold a heat that you didn’t recognize just a few weeks earlier.

Our worlds will look a whole lot different in thirty days or so. So I’ve decided to give March the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what gifts she delivers after all.


Author: nancybond

A writer, photographer, naturalist from small town Nova Scotia, Canada.

7 thoughts on “March Onward!”

  1. You’re right, of course, Nancy, and I will feel less hostile towards March once the clocks go ahead. But meantime, I’m just. plain. cranky!

  2. Your post made me smile Nancy. Gosh, Daylight Savings Time is just a week away? I didn’t realize….I’m happy they’ve moved it up. It does make spring seem closer, and we have so much to look forward to.

  3. I always heave a sigh of relief as March arrives. The last leg of a long journey is finally here. And though we will have winter weather during March, we will also most certainly have spring-like days of mild temps and sunny skies. And, as you mentioned, the crocus, the daffodils, the hyacinth. Ah…!

    Just loved your post. :)

  4. You are right. Thank you. I’ve been trying to be content all Winter. And now that we’ve entered the month of March… won’t we be “marching” into Spring, soon? ;-)

  5. Amen, but I did love that article by Jodi on Ferch! Smiling. It’s Ferching here in it’s own Deep South way. But you are right. More daylight soon. More flowers.

    I’m hanging on, Nancy.

  6. Here, here, well said. March does get a bad rap and I think it’s because people are just winter’ed out by the time it arrives.

    Crocus are starting to pop up in my area of NJ. Spring is coming!

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