once had a discussion of the dates on some festivals, particularly Candlemas: February 2, supposed to be noting 'the first signs of green returning to the earth'. Slight problem: that may work in Britain and northern Europe, but here it's not unusual to have green grass in January. Which brings me to what brought me to mind: I just mowed part of the back yard.
After that erffing hot & dry summer, with some rains everything started growing, and it still is; I have grass six inches tall in the areas I didn't cut today, and the compost heap is piled up again with what I dumped there. Which doesn't include the other bags I dumped in the trash can(grass and all the oak leaves I raked away from the fence).