What’s the first sign of spring for you?
For me, it’s when the birds start singing all day, every day.
Back in Southern California, my yard was alive with starlings nesting in the feijoa tree, feeding on feijoa flowers, and singing their sweet tune all season long.
In Central Oregon, I’m just getting to know our backyard birds and so far I’ve seen scrub jays, stellar jays, flickers, and downy woodpeckers at our feeders. (There are a few more, but I haven’t been able to name them yet.)
Each week they get louder, more active, and more abundant, and it’s like stepping outside into my own aviary.
When I start hearing the symphony in our aspen and willow trees, I know the ground is thawing, the grass is turning green again, the irrigation canal is about to open and fill our cistern—more signs of spring that indicate planting is not too far off.
(And maybe spring is already in full swing for you, but in our finicky climate, we still have frost and hail to contend with for the next few months. There’s a joke in Central Oregon that we’re only in false spring and have another cycle or two of winter coming.)
But the sun is shining and I’m ready to start planting, especially after visiting my mother-in-law’s garden in Northern California last week. It was such a happy sight to see all her nasturtiums and poppies in bloom and her lemon trees dripping with fruit.
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So, let’s celebrate the season with a giveaway that Botanical Interests and I are teaming up to bring to you this week!
If you’ve never heard of Botanical Interests, they’re a Colorado-based seed supplier with one of the best-designed seed packets on the planet. The illustrations are beautifully detailed but it’s what’s inside the packet that’s special (and I’m not talking about the seeds).
Peel back the flaps and you’ll find loads of information on treating common plant pests and diseases, cooking tips, and other helpful and inspiring resources printed inside each packet.
You also get the usual info on the back, like seed starting instructions, maturity dates, and a tiny drawing of what a seedling looks like (so handy if you forget to label them in the garden). I really haven’t found another seed packet like theirs.
So, I’ve hand-picked a collection of 12 varieties of seeds that will suit every climate, including those with short growing seasons, to give away to THREE winners!
You could win this bundle of seeds:
- Artisan Tiger Stripes Blend tomato
- Armenian cucumber
- Mouse Melon cucamelon
- California Wonder sweet pepper
- Cube of Butter summer squash
- Minnesota Midget cantaloupe
- Oregon Sugar Pod II snow pea
- Rainbow carrot
- Mantanghong watermelon radish
- Edible Red Leaf amaranth
- Five Color Silverbeet chard
- Chef’s Choice mesclun lettuce
Plus, we’re throwing in a large harvest basket (large enough to fit a couple dozen lemons) and a set of 12 oversized wooden plant markers to kickstart your growing season.
To enter this giveaway:
- Follow @gardenbetty and @botanical_interests on Instagram.
- Enter your email in the Rafflecopter form below (if you’re viewing this post on mobile, click here to see the form).
- And leave a comment below this post to tell me: What’s the first sign of spring for you? I’d love to know!
While I appreciate all of my readers, this giveaway is open only to people with US addresses (since it ships directly from Botanical Interests).
Good luck to all! And I can’t wait to see what your garden looks like this year.
EmilyApril 10, 2021 at 7:58 pm
When I start smelling orange blossoms in the air.
Isaac RecinosApril 10, 2021 at 7:46 pm
The first sign of spring for me is when the temperature starts to hit 90 degrees again and the lemon tree starts fully blossoming. I live in southern California hence both.
LisaApril 10, 2021 at 2:17 pm
The longr days and grass growing.
KimApril 9, 2021 at 2:42 am
When the birds become more active and chatty and the crocuses start popping up.
KimberlyApril 8, 2021 at 9:40 pm
The first signs of spring for us are blue bonnets, butter cups and paintbrushes all blooming along our highways and big open fields. They are stunning to say the least.
MariaApril 8, 2021 at 9:34 pm
My first sign of Spring is watching the snowdrops and mini daffodil and iris pop up in the garden and listening to the birds chirp outside my bedroom window