When the Red Bud tree breaks out each March (more or less, depending on the severity of winter), I can just about measure spring’s debut.

Red Bud blossoms: Spring is nigh!

I noticed the buds opening a few days ago and today found them just about peak: In a day or so, the air around the tree will likely be electric with swarming bumble bees.

I posted this pic on Facebook and got some rueful responses from friends from more northern climes whose spring is still weeks away as they continue to deal with snow and ice.  Ugh.  Apart from the dog days of summer and hurricane season, life on the Gulf Coast is charming for at least 9 months of the year.  Spring is my favorite time.

Let the springing commence!