I grew up in a Chicago suburb known for its lilac festival so I was tickled by the Dark Lilac Lamy Safari offered this spring as part of its limited edition color series. I remember the whole town ends up smelling like lilacs by the end of April which I always liked. Its goofy and quaint and I’m glad to see that they still have the festival and crown a Lilac Queen, even a Little Lilac Queen. Some things never change. The new Dark Lilac Lamy Safari will forever remind me of the Lilac Festival so its release date is perfectly timed.
Frank over at Fontoplumo has generously offered readers of The Well-Appointed Desk the chance to win one limited edition Lamy Dark Lilac Safari fountain pen plus a pack of matching Dark Lilac fountain pen ink. The winner may select nib size (EF, F, M or B).
The Dark Lilac Safari series also includes a rollerball and ballpoint pen. Just so you know.
TO ENTER: Please leave a comment below and tell me what event signals the arrival of Spring for you. Oh, and READ THE FINE PRINT!
FINE PRINT: All entries must be submitted by 10pm CST on Tuesday, March 29, 2016. All entries must be submitted at wellappointeddesk.com, not Twitter, Tumblr or Facebook, okay? Winner will be announced on Wednesday. Winner will be selected by random number generator from entries that played by the rules (see above). Please include your email address in the comment form so that I can contact you if you win. I will not save email addresses or sell them to anyone — pinky swear. If winner does not respond within 30 days, I will draw a new giveaway winner. Parcel is shipped directly from Fontoplumo by standard first class post. If insurance or other delivery is request, winner will be required to pay for additional shipping charges. Winner is responsible for any VAT, taxes or import fees. This giveaway is open to all readers.
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For me, spring is signaled by the daffodils blooming. They started coming up this week, and a couple of them bloomed, but then got 18″ of snow dumped on them, so I’m wondering how they are going to do. We’ll see when the sun comes out again, and it warms up. Thanks for doing this giveaway, Ana and Fontoplumo!
I absolutely LOVE your blog! The sign of spring for me is the bulbs beginning to pop through the cold earth that were planted in the fall.
Besides the wacky weather, it’s got to be the blooming trees, first hyacinths, and the first robin of the season.
Thanks both Ana and Frank for this opportunity. For me the first sign of spring is when the Robins start showing up, but it really feels like spring when I can sit outside and write in the sunshine with the dog digging in the mud. Yeah, it’s only 2C (about 36F to my American friends), but that sun sure feels nice on my face!
I look for the first robin every year. This year I saw a tree full of at least 20 it was crazy. Usually I see one.
I love lilacs. I had one outside my bedroom window growing up and my grandma’s house had a bower of huge lilacs I used to play in.
Spring is here when I hear lawnmowers!
its when everything is blossoming looking & smelling refreshed outside 🙂
Oh I love this colour! The bright, young leaves on the trees always scream spring to me.
I live in a rural area, so Spring has always been signified by tractors in the fields breaking ground for the new crops.
It’s the pollen! The yellow cars, yellow paths and tracking pollen inside along with my allergies going crazy. Once that first burst passes, I enjoy the azaleas blooming.
Crocus blooming and forsythia beginning to open.
The sign of spring for me is when I can finally open the windows in the house for some fresh air a few hours a day.
I run a plant nursery, so Spring starts when we open for our retail season. Oh, and baseball.
…there comes a day, a few weeks after daylight saving time begins, when, in the early morning, I can open my front door to go to work and once again the morning is lit by diffuse light, and the birds are singing and I can see the colors of the flowers. That is my Spring…
The vernal equinox is a most powerful turning of the year and everything seems to be opening up. I was quoting e e cummings to a class this week. “in just spring when the world is mudlucious”. Well, I wish it was wet and muddy here in Southern California. But, he also wrote, “here’s to opening and upward, to leaf and to sap”. That is what springtime means to me.
In Tucson, Arizona the palo verde trees announce spring to me. All year around, they are very inconspicuous. But in the spring they burst forth with a gorgeous display of small yellow flowers. The tree is blanketed with them!
It has to be the hyacinths! It can get as warm as it likes outside, but it’s the smell of hyacinths that means winter is finally over. (It’s a shame they’re just a little TOO strongly scented for my tiny apartment!)
For me, two things signify spring.
1: There is a street lined with trees near my building, they all bloom at once around this time and its beautiful to just drive down the road.
2: The inevitable sinus and allergy issues that ONLY crop up around mid to late March. Every year. Without fail.
I keep honeybees and spring to me is when I see the bees arriving back at the hive with legs full of pollen so heavy that have crazy landings. Honeybees are really not that graceful.
Robins return to the backyard and my cat stretches out at the patio door to watch.
The arrival of spring comes with football practice, allergies and longer/warmer days! Love two out of the three so I can’t complain.
Mustard Festival – celebrating the mustard plants blooming in the city’s heritage orchard
Spring is here when I see the goldfinches in their yellow plumage–any day now!
I agree that daffodils always signal spring for me. We have tons of them all along the interstate and in out neighborhood. They are always my favorite! (I loved the daffodil bag you posted Friday too!)
Rain and the wildflower bloom!
Crocuses are the first sign of spring, but lilacs mean spring is really here.
Seeing a robin!
Thanks for the great prize. I love seeing the first daffodils appearing. They are by far my favourite flower and always a beautiful way tell that Spring has sprung.
When everyone comes out of their winter hibernation in Chicago
The fat, fuzzy buds on my saucer magnolia finally reveals that amazing pink of the petals. Oh, my heart sings!
This year spring has been signalled by yet more rain…. Though the daffodils have started to appear so I’ll believe it actually is spring.
In Maine it’s far too early for Lilacs. We have a row of them in our back garden, but we don’t see flowers until May. They are beautiful.
My wife loves her Lamy, so I hope I win!
I know it’s spring when my rhubarb (already making tiny leaves) and asparagus (nothing yet!) make an appearance. But we’ve had many crocuses which match the pen.
Purim is spring to me 🙂
…seeing the peonies start to come through the soil
When I was growing up, it was the snow melting and flowers starting to bloom (we had some lilac bushes in the backyard, so that smell pings of home)
In my current location: apparently my car being yellow from pollen? I’m glad we finally had a good solid rainstorm to rinse some of that off…
I love lilacs! The sign of spring I look forward to every year is when the songbirds come back, oh, and frogs croaking everywhere!
Well … Spring is heralded by the festival of Holi. . The festival of colours .. in India we celebrate the start of Spring through spread, pouring and generally plastering everyone in our homes, neighbourhood with coloured powder.. it’s all a lot of singing, eating, drinking and getting covered with dry coloured powders or coloured water. Special food and sweets are made for this day every year… Holi brings everyone together… just like this give away by Ana and Fontoplumo.. great way to kick off Spring!
Ana, I love your story about Chicago. I went to college in Texas and Spring happens when the Bluebonnets start blooming. The Highways are Covered in them.
We live in a neighborhood where the houses are fairly close together, and my first true sign of spring is when the neighbors start walking door to door to linger and chat when they walk their dogs or finish yard work or just want to be sociable! I love this pen – gorgeous color!
The arrival of spring, to me, is signaled by the blooming of the Bluebonnets in the Hill Country in Texas. It’s like an ocean of blue, everywhere you look. The rolling hills carpeted in blue flowers look like waves on the ocean. It’s just about the most beautiful thing you can possibly imagine!
Robins overwinter here sometimes so I listen for geese heading back north and spring peepers instead. They have both been quite early this year.
For me, the start of spring is the end of the snow when the grass becomes green again.
The wild lilacs in the garden. I love purple flowers!
Trees in bloom (redbuds and mountain laurel where I live now, dogwoods where I grew up) and the sweet smells of flowers and cut grass. And allergies.
The beginning of spring for me is when it’s finally warm enough for me to spend hours on my front porch swing (usually journalling with my pens!).
When the magnolia blooms in the backyard. (You’re from Lombard? I’m from Glen Ellyn!)
Thank you for this opportunity. The trees shedding the husks then going through the seed to leafing out is Spring to me. Seeing each new touch of green.
My spring ritual is playing “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” by Tom Waits.
Spring here arrives with millions of beautiful pink blossoms on our crabapple tree. Oh, and the face-melting allergies brought on by juniper pollen.
Redbud trees, daffodils, and yellow forsythia bushes here in the South!
Daffodils and pollen here in NC. I love the former, not so much the latter, but it’s just part of the season.
Lots of birds at the feeder, and I move my short-sleeved shirts to the closet!
When my favorite tree blooms, and I can’t stop myself from taking a thousand pictures of its glorious pinkness. Then it is Spring.
The daffodils here…our climate loves them. Luckily, the deer and bunnies do not.
I’ve been waiting for this pen to be released into the wild. Got to try it out at a recent pen club meeting–very nice!
When there’s only 2 feet of snow left on the ground (most New England springs, anyway!)
Thank you, Ana and Frank, for this exciting giveaway! Lamy made a great choice with this color – it is beautiful.
There is a special moment – usually in March – when upon stepping outside I can just feel “it” in the air. I can smell the approach of spring. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we won’t get another snowfall here in Michigan – but it’s a sign that spring is very, very close.
Spring arrives in the Pacific Northwest (for me) when the frogs start singing in the evenings. It’s a beautiful sound to fall asleep to!
You know spring has arrived–as opposed to a winter day that’s 70+ degrees, not unusual in south Louisiana–when the azaleas blossom. They come in a variety of colors, all pretty, but I especially like the fuschia ones, which are almost too bright to be natural. I also enjoy seeing the spring calves wobbling around.
Spring starts with the Oxford v. Cambridge Boat Race, which happens tomorrow!
First sign of spring is the robins returning from migration! (And the lilacs! Love the smell of lilacs!)
What a lovely giveaway! For me, the first sign of Spring in Texas is when the bluebonnets appear out on the roadside.
The sound of mourning doves cooing in the morning…
It se me like every Easter we get one last light snow. That always feels like the start of spring to me.
Sadly, spring announces its arrival to me with a blanket of pollen
Spring starts here when the bulbs sprout and the azaleas bloom.
The opening of the beer gardens here in Munich 🙂
Spring has arrived when the azaleas blossom.
For me, spring is marked by the barrage of allergies and bugs popping up everywhere! I can’t really say the weather because in LA, we’ve had random bouts of 80 degree weather since January, haha.
Spring starts when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, middle of February. The joys of living in south Florida…
Wild garlic in the woods behind my parents house, possibly the thing I miss most from the Northumberland. That and the cheese.
The early-blossoming magnolias are a pretty good signal of the arrival of spring in Brooklyn. Thanks for this lovely giveaway!
Spring in Rochester NY means a Lilac Festival as well! So we’re like festival cousins or something….
I know it’s spring when my Alaskan Malamutes start shedding, and the pollen is blanketing everything!
For us Spring always begins with the crocus and daffodils beginning to bloom.
Here in north Texas, it’s the mayfly invasion – they take over my house for a few weeks, then they’re gone.
When the robins return and since I live in Alaska; when there’s actually sunlight during the day again.
When the wisteria vines bloom.
Spring’s arrival used to be announced by the daffodils that lined the pathway to my front door and ringed the foundations of many long-forgotten homes. Now that I live further south, its presence is made known by displays of yellow yet again. Alas, it is only the copious amounts of pollen from the ubiquitous pine trees that coat each and every vehicle, inside and out.
Spring is heralded by different things depending on where you are. Here in Northern California, we usually already have so many beautiful flowers out, it’s not like where I grew up in Boston that it was a fight between the Forcythias and the snow.
Spring starts when my gardens start to wake up. Crocuses first then Daffodils and Tulips.
Spring starts for me with snow drops, even if they have to poke through snow. I grew up in Rochester, NY where we have a lilac festival in May. The lilacs are on a south facing hillside and can be smelled for blocks.
The beginning of spring is when it finally stops snowing.
Thank you for the chance: Spring has arrived when I hear the birds singing as the sun rises earlier each day, when the Cherry Blossoms arrive and when I panick & have to look for my allergy meds & mint nose salve since it is not just the random sniffles!
Spring starts when it gets above 65 degrees for a week straight. Then I can put my big jacket away. Haha! Thanks for the chance!
The birds by far are my signal.
I always think spring is here when I smell the damp in the air and see the grass start to green up in the yard. Oh, and the mud everywhere.
For me, it is the birds vivid colors in spring time….mating/nesting season. I also enjoy listening to their lovely songs and calls.
how i know it’s spring: when it’s not too hot and not too cold. All you need is a light jacket 😛
The first robin sighted in my neighborhood usually signals Spring for me, but it’s not until there’s a whole chorus of birds every morning that I feel like it’s really here.
We have a tree out front that buds and producec beautiful small white flowers. When I see those, I know that Spring is here.
Warm days and sunshine. Thanks for the giveaway – love the color!
Here in WV, the bluebirds just started moving into our bird houses. That’s always a sure sign of spring!
The first few brave yellow daffodils poking their heads out of the wet ground usher in spring here in southern Indiana, and they’re everywhere. They are the little ray of sunshine as we go from gray and snowy winter to gray and wet spring.
I live near DC… the arrival of the DC Cherry Blossoms is what truly signifies spring for me!
Fields of poppies and lupine carpeting the hillsides.
the forsythia in our yard blooming and the robins finally returning 🙂
The first sign of spring for me is that time-honored phrase “pitchers and catchers report”. Spring training means baseball is right around the corner!
Since I work at the Post Office, the release of new springtime-themed postage stamps is a sign that winter is on its way out.
I used to always look for a robin as the first sign of spring. Now that I’m an adult, I realize that’s not very accurate.
I don’t know how to describe it, but the air just feels different to me when spring begins. I walked outside a few mornings ago and the air was a bit chilly, but the sun was shining bright. Spring was here.
Its officially spring when the campgrounds in the local national park open and turn on the water!
Cherry Blossoms (well, anyhow, I used to live in the DC area, though not now, but friends post pictures on Facebook)
The cherry blossoms say spring to me!
It’s officially spring for me after Easter rolls by here. The days start to get longer and rain starts pouring. Some years it’s rained every single day for a month straight and even longer.
March Madness heralds spring for me!
Spring here starts with wild flowers which turn all of the weeds into a spectacular flowering site
Opening day of the Detroit a Tigers.
For me, Spring arrives when the daffodils bloom!
Another baseball fan here, Spring is Opening Day!
When the redbud trees bloom. Their pink blossoms stand out from all the surrounding trees.
When the weather warms up and I no longer need to wear coats to stay cosy!
oHHH my gawd I’ve been hungrily eyeing this pen since it was first announced.
To me, Spring means my car is covered in yellow-green pollen :T once that starts happening, whether or not it “feels” like spring…spring is here nonetheless.
When I was growing up it was always the arrival of robins, but more recently it has been whenever the snow and ice finally give up.
I know it’s spring when I get this huge urge to CLEAN, and then a long binge cleaning session occurs lol.
Daffodills. Crocus. washing the car to get rid of the road salt, and not having to worry about getting more…
Blossoms on the plum tree! I love the look of this pen!
We have a large magnolia tree in our front yard. When the purple blossoms begin to shoot through the buds, it feels like Spring.
Birds! Not robins, but the presence of lots of turkeys as I drive through the neighborhood. Also the absence of sparrows, the winter visitors.
How do *I* know Spring is on the way? Easy: hayfever! [Oh, and thanks for the giveaway!]
I love to garden. For me, spring is near when the annual garden show comes to town.
When the snow is gone and freshness of air is resume,the lakes are not frozen anymore,leaves and trees start retain their colors,sun is as bright as a young bride,then i know and i can feel inside out that Spring is around:)….
Spring comes when our trees get their leaves again! There’s nothing quite like a blossoming plum tree… <3 Thank you for the giveaway!
What signals spring for us is the red breasted robins. Oh and the mud…lots of that comes with spring.
The trees are like skeletons. Dead. And, almost overnight the green pops out. New life! Spring!
When the red, red robin comes bob-bob-bobbing along… Actually I go by the sound of all the birds in the neighborhood. They just seem to have happier songs when it is finally Spring! Then the air starts echoing the joy by having a different feel to it.
For me, spring is official when the tree swallows zoom up from Mexico. One moment there is silence, then one day you walk outside and there they are zipping by, bubbling like water and chattering. That day came a week late this year. But it’s definitely spring now.
Gorgeous pen. Especially with the black nib. Stealthy and kind of sexy.
I have a beautiful ornamental pear tree in my front yard and there’s always a day when it’s first in bloom when we get a glorious blue sky and a mild day and you just know it’s Spring.
The crocus blooms are my first sign of spring.
Daffodils! When Spring comes, the daffodils bloom and their cheery yellow flowers always makes me feel so cheery after the long, dreary winter.
To me, Spring arrives when the forsythia shrubs are in full blossom with their vivid yellow flowers.
Baseball! It’s gradual with Spring Training, and official with Opening Day.
The robins are back and the dandelions are up! Time to weed the garden!
Mmmm, I love this color. 🙂
Spring is those sun drenched days that promise warmth, but the Lake Michigan winds still blow chilly.
The blooming of the spring crocus in the yard always signals spring for me.
Living in Maine, it is Spring for me when the mud dries up and the snow is gone from the woods.
For me, it’s when I see the magnolia blossoms at my neighbor’s house bloom 🙂
Street sweepers! Very early on in spring they go out and sweep up all the sand that was put down on the roads over winter.
Spring starts when the thaw starts. There’s a certain fresh smell in the air as the snow starts to disappear. Happily, spring has begun early this year!
I got engaged in mid March, so when that anniversary comes around, it feels like a whole new seasson, new year and reminds me of the start of a whole new life – and the change in the season mirrors that!
When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, the sweet scent of blooming lilacs and sweet peas curling up the trellis said spring to me. Now that I’m back “home” in the Deep South, it’s the heady perfume of wisteria and the sight of the pretty pink and white dogwoods, which are about a week away from peak right now. They are truly gorgeous!
Spring comes on quicker every year in the Canadian prairies but once the snow starts its rapid melt then spring is heralded (as everyone makes a mad dash to fix up their bicycles before winter enevitably returns for an encore).
I know it is spring when the rain smells a certain way. It sounds bizarre, but it smells like worms!
There are a ton of wild plum trees in my neighborhood. When they bloom, that’s the first sign of spring for me.
I’m sorry if there was a double comment from me, I don’t think my last comment went through and I waited a day to make sure it wasn’t going to show up before commenting again.
Where I live, it’s difficult to miss the redbuds that line the roads and highways. Their bright, purple blossoms emerge before just about anything else.
Here in Washington state, it’s spring when the first rodies are in bloom!
Daffodils = Spring!
My rose bush will suddenly poof overnight from pruned-back sticks to a fully-leafed bush, with buds to appear shortly thereafter. It’s hard to miss spring with such a clear sign!
Definitely the smell of the air when all the cherry blossoms start blooming! Everything smells fresh and clean and fragrant like a second opportunity
I hope I’m not leaving a bunch of comments! I keep getting an error message about referrers.
Anyway my best sign of spring is the return of the canadian geese honking in the park on my way to school. 😀
Baseball brings on spring in my household and life. That and the smell of freshly mown grass. 🙂
For me, Spring has arrived when I hear a Robin chirping, see the lilac tree bidding up and see tulips plants poking up through the flower bed soil. Oh, and the air has a special sweetness, the promise of warmer days ahead.
Spring arrives when I put the snow shovel back in the shed
For me, spring arrives with the Fallas, a festival in Valencia.
Spring is here when the lilacs start to bloom.
I know spring has arrived when my cat prepares pieces of lizards for me and presents them in the patio under the bougainvillea. It is both beautiful and really gross all at the same time. Oh, and the sneezing fits from the blooming bougainvillea.
That Lamy Safari is absolutely gorgeous.
Spring is the season of muddy (and happy) kids!
For me, I know spring is here when my daffodils start blooming. The sight of all those happy yellow flowers can brighten up even a gloomy, rainy, winter-is-trying-to-come-back kind of day.
Spring starts for me when I see shoots of crocus, daffodil, or tulips peaking out, even if through snow.
I know it’s Spring when, at the end of the work day, the late-day sun pierces the window next to my desk, lighting up my workspace so that the fresh ink on my documents literally shimmers 🙂
The start of baseball season
The smell of lilacs always make me smile. Purple is my favorite color and I love Lamy’s products. Spring can’t be very far away
What a great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity. It would be fun to use this. Beautiful color!
Spring starts, for me, when the love bugs come out in Florida. We still have a few more weeks.
When the sun is still shining while I go back home from work and I can still go out for a walk with my children 🙂
When the air starts smelling that much fresher.
That pen matches the purple streak in my hair perfectly. Spring’s all about the color for me.
Thank you for your contest! Spring in my neighborhood begins with the first yellow and purple crocuses raising their heads from the winter earth.
Hearing the birds chirp in the am
When the redbud trees are in bloom (and I’m also getting referrer messages and hope I’m not entering multiple times)
To me the first sign of spring is the tiny blooms of the crocus. Here in Maine they are the first bits of green to poke up through the snow and “spring” into bloom.
Spring starts for me literally the first day I’m done with school! All cold weather disappears until the start of fall.
Definitely the flowers blooming!
The scent of Palo verdes blossoming.
daylight savings time
For me I think its when I can wear a hoodie in the morning or at night, and a t shirt durimg the day.
I know spring has arrived when I hear Junebugs hitting the window ( in south Texas Junebugs arrive in March )
A flock of about 30 robins showed up the other day, it must be spring!
When I lived in Japan, the arrival of cherry blossom flavored sweets in shops would always let me know spring was near. As far as events go, the cherry blossom festivals would signify the start of spring for me.
Spring arrives with DST!
The moon shines like a beacon directly in my window beckoning me to open it and smell the mock orange blossoms.
Daylight savings time is the event that signals the arrival spring for me. Also, spring flowers and awful allergies. 😛
The smell of the earth and chirping birds signal the return of spring to me. I also like the blooming of the lilacs:-)
For me, it is when the daffodils and tulips start to bloom.
I know Spring has arrived when the first sound I hear in the morning is the song of a little bird outside my bedroom window.
When the first Bluebirds show up in my backyard, I know that Spring has finally arrived!
My dad’s birthday is at the beginning of spring so it always just reminds me that spring is here.
Spring starts when the daffodils come up, but it’s really here once the forsythias bloom. I love that bright burst of yellow!
The apartment complex where I live always spreads fresh mulch and dirt at the start of spring for its annual round of bright flowers. That dark, earthy smell always gets me excited for the warmer weather to come!
For me, spring is when I start to sneeze from all the pollen in the air.
I start to feel better about the Miata purchase…
I know spring is here when the sneezing and itchy eyes start!
Not a fan of spring with all the pollen flying around buy I do LOVE that pen!
The arrival of spring is signaled by fewer and fewer seats filled in my afternoon classes.
Definitely seeing the first robin of the season.
Spring is the first putting-on-of-a-seat-belt in the car without the big winter jacket.
Tulips, tulips, tulips!
That’s such a gorgeous tone of purple! It definitely makes me thing of spring and the big lilac bush in front of my house.
Spring has sprung for me with the start of baseball season.
When I go for a run in the morning and I have to take off my outer layer because it’s too hot to run…
Unfortunately, the arrival in west Texas is usually signaled by a nice big dust storm. The sky turns a nice shade of brown. -.- Seriously Texas, dirt is not a weather. Stop trying to make it happen.
A nicer thing, though, is the Persian New Year! It falls on the first day of spring each year, and it’s definitely an awesome beginning to the season.
I know Springtime is here when I start to see buds on the trees and green shoots peeking up from underneath the mulch on the sidewalk!
Spring is the blooming of California poppies all over the hills–gorgeous!
for me, spring arrives when my peonies begin to push through the soil.
Early morning short sleeved runs
It’s finally warm enough to bring the hammock out again…
Thanks for the giveaway. Love the color.
Spring begins with sleet or a nice wet snow around here.
For me Easter!!!
I too grew up with a lilac festival in Spokane, WA. I truly miss the beautiful purple shade and that fresh scent that can never be fully reproduced.
I know spring is here when it “feels right” to wear my light-colored full-skirted dresses again!
when all the jacarandas and tabachines (Flamboyant) start to blossom it surely marks the beginning of spring.
Has to be the crocuses start peeking out!
When all the eider ducks come back to nest. Ducks everywhere.
Well, they cynical side of me would say that I know Spring has arrived when I suddenly can’t breath because of my allergies acting up. 😉
A more positive answer is that in South Louisiana, one of the sure ways to know Spring is here is the azaleas beginning to bloom.
Here (Washington, DC area) you know it’s spring when the cherry blossoms bloom!
Forsythia does it for me. Every time I see the forsythia in bloom, I know that Spring has arrived!
In Texas it’s when the weather is just right. The days have gotten less colder so you can enjoy being outside before the heat of summer creeps in. Everyone is outside enjoying the days before it’s too hot to do anything.
Boy, I hear that! Born and raised in San Antonio, I totally understand about the heat and humidity. I love Texas, but I moved to Colorado to get away from that heat!
Only one thing means spring for me–the start of major league baseball!
Here in New Orleans, the beautiful arrival of spring is always heralded by the release of pot loads of pollen from the giant live oak trees: bright golden, yellow pollen that dusts your car, clothes, hair, pets…next week comes the arrival of the stinging caterpillars! And yes, the gorg flowers in bloom everywhere, too! My fav time of year…
Purple crocuses, stoop sales, daffodils!
The herald of spring for me is great skeins of geese wayway up in the air, heading north, announcing themselves and the new season.
Spring is brought on by the blooming of flowers in my flower beds: colour coming back into the world after a long, white hiatus!
It’s not the most beautiful part of Spring but the first sign is when the ants head inside looking for food!
firstname.lastname@example.org, First signs of spring around our household is the sneezing from seasonal allergies, For me it is the plants blooming.
My first sign that it’s actually spring is the first sighting of geese winging their way back north.
Thank you for the giveaway, I am so excited about this pen color!
The start of spring is when there’s snow on the ground. You can tell I live in the midwest.
When I go outside for a while and sneeze multiple times in a row later…
The first warm day is usually the first sign
I always know it’s spring when my allergies return…
I know it’s spring when I can’t stop sneezing!
For me, Spring is all about rain and allergies. Winter is dry and windy, spring brings rain, and with it, blooming trees.
I know it’s spring when my hens start over-filling my refrigerator with fresh eggs!
I know spring’s arrived when the flowers on my new lemon tree bloom. Truly amazing scent!
spring is the start point of the allergies and good weather for me. struggle with breathing is hard but warm sun covers it all 🙂
thanks for the giveaway
Something changes in the air when spring starts. It is something specific that I can’t seem to identify!
The sudden appearance of crocuses!
Spring springs when I see the darling little white and purple violets appear in the lawn. I can’t bear to mow them.
When the leaves on our oak trees are as big as a squirrels ear, I know spring has sprung!
Spring has arrived when my jeep gets washed and the interior is cleaned.
Daffodils are the quintessential sign of spring for me!
Dang, this is seriously when all the comments come in on your blog!
Spring is here when cars become coated yellow with pollen – yuck!
Spring is when I get to ride my bike again!
For me I feel like spring has just recently arrived. We went on a cruise for spring break…that signals spring to me!
I know Spring arrives when I can open the windows and go outside without a coat.
For me it is the cherry blossoms and daffodils, and then the cleaning! Spring cleaning really is a real thing in my family and as soon as the light is better I find going to a relatives house can see me help moving furniture around, helping clean windows or even helping to decorate! It also means lighter nights for crafting which I love!
I know spring has arrived when the crows start yelling at me to get out of my own yard because they are planning to nest in my linden tree. And the cherry trees are blooming. 🙂
There’s one redbud tree on my commute whose blooms signal the beginning of spring.
I know Spring is here when my nose fills up and my car turns yellow from the pollen. 🙂
Spring starts for me when I get out on the practice field for my kids’ baseball teams for the first time each year. So, tomorrow, spring finally arrives for me!
I know spring has arrived when I see the thick yellow clouds of pollen in the air.The pollen coats everything, cars and porches turn yellow. When it rains, yellow water pours off my roof. Ah spring, the yellowest season.
For me spring means Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum.
I know it’s spring when the red buds start blooming and everything turns yellow from the pollen.
The clouds of pollen and the humidity of southern Florida signal the arrival of spring for me. I welcome it somewhat reluctantly. Thanks for the giveaway!!
I know spring has arrived when I see the cherry blossoms in my yard.
The Spring comes when my nails are full of dirt. 🙂 and Forsythia.
I LOVE when my lilac bushes finally bloom and the smell wafting into my house. I also love seeing the puddles and having my windows open.
Pretty simple, really… I know spring has sprung when a certain blooming tree makes me repeatedly sneeze, and there’s now some daylight remaining when I get off work.
That dark lilac Lamy Safari looks luscious.
I just wanted to add that I’ve become a real fan of your blog, and I ended up ordering a Hobonichi Techo because of your blog post.
I know it’s spring when the trees start to flower & the weather is gets warmer!
For me, Spring arrives with air that holds the softness of silk, while the setting sun throws rose petals into the echoing sky.
Spring is when the crocuses come up from the ground. Tulips and daffodils