February the 1st is the start of Celtic Spring, Imbolc. Meteorological Spring begins March 1st for the Piedmont region of North Carolina. Perhaps, best known is the astronomical start of Spring for the Northern Hemisphere, March 20th, 2019.
I'll go with February first judging by the buds and shoots emerging in the garden. We have had a mild winter again. The color brown is still prominent, but there are signs of life. Tomorrow, Feb. 7th, we might beat a heat record high of 78 degrees. I have included a photo of bluebirds from Julie in Ft. Wayne, IN. They suffered thru the brutality of the 2019 winter storm, Jaden. Amazingly, her heated bird bath is working in sub-zero temperatures. The photo was taken Jan. 30th. from inside. (Good idea, Julie!) The other photos were taken in Durham in Feb.
Royal Star Magnolia
Bluebirds in Ft. Wayne
Winter Bliss Hellebore
Self Seeded Hellebore
The Mother plant
Carolina Wren on a grey day
Yellow pincushion flower bud
English Blue Bell
Tea Olive in blossom
Winter Bliss Hellebore starting to open
Self seeded Hellebore from the purple mother plant.
Echinacea which hasn't died back this winter.
Waxing Crescent Moon around 6:20 p.m., Feb. 6th.
Just a few more weeks and we should see full blown Spring!