The snow finally melted and gave way to crocuses, glory-of-the-snow lillies, and daffodils. I set out some violas but I don't think spring really arrives until the wildflowers bloom and trees leaf out.
Coltsfoot is always the first flower here in our mountains. Coltsfoot was brought here by early settlers and so is not native. The flowers come up long before the foliage. I usually see these yellow flowers emerge in late February. However, this year snow covered the ground until March 9 when these flowers were photographed.
Toothworts, true native wildflowers, are up with buds so the real Appalachian spring will arrive soon!