A blanket of snow covers the ground, but with daytime temperatures beginning to rise, the intensity of the sun begins to show it's power over Winter.
In weeks to come, the smell of melting snow will give promise to new life with evidence of perennials soon to follow. That evidence is displayed by peaks of green emerging from the earth.
The daylight begins to grow, and the darkness becomes scarce. Familiar songs from years past once again alert our attention, and soon the garden is alive with songbirds, most familiar, and some new.
It's not solely about the return of the hummingbirds, but the process building up to their return. It's about the end of Winter, the return of Spring, new life across the continent, and a new season of stories and surprises in each and every garden.
This season is precious, but short-lived, so make sure you soak in every moment of what's to come!
Here's evidence of a successful past season, with a young Ruby-throat feeding from the rich Delphinium nectar. August 5, 2019. N.E. of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.