The forsythia would bloom outside of my grandmother's window in Oklahoma City. She would tell me that spring is here when the forsythia starts to bloom. So everywhere I've lived I've wanted forsythia planted so I would have spring markers as my grandmother outlined them for me. And, as I think back on it, I have had forsythia planted in Georgia, NY, Oklahoma and Texas.
I don't have forsythia in the zeriscape landscape in Santa Fe. Where are signs of spring? Sneezing from juniper pollen? I'm trying to intuit the season in a new place where I've not experienced it year-round. Little did I expect to have a snowfall with everything looking like January when I woke up yesterday. Two inches or more of snow! In April! Well, at least the snow might dampen the pollen. I don't see Santa Fe on the top 25 cities for bad allergies Forbes list. The worst is in the S.E. this year.