March is Swell

Lilac buds swelling and getting ready to show green.
Lilac buds swelling and getting ready to show green.

The buds have begun to swell, all the harbingers of spring. The promise of flowers carried over from the previous season are signaling their intent to burst into blossom as soon as the warmth and light of spring give them the signal.

Dogwoods getting ready for spring bloom.
Dogwoods getting ready for spring bloom.

Forsythia, lilac, dogwood, blueberry, rhododendron are all on the verge. Roses, peonies, tulips, and narcissus are showing growth, but their buds will come later.