Spring beauties: I picked a bouquet of these tiny pink-white wild flowers just across the driveway.
Grape hyacinths (a.k.a. blue bottles): The house down the street has a dense purple patch in the front yard that makes me gape and smile every time I walk by.
Flowering cherries: Perhaps they're my favorite. What's more breathtaking than a whole tree of flowers?
Tulips: I think there are a few buried somewhere under our fading daffodils. Anyway, I've already spotted their luminous crimson cups nodding around the neighborhood.
Dandelions: I recently learned that the name comes from "dent de leon"--lion's tooth. "Dandelion" sounds much more complimentary. I would have named them something related to stars or suns, reflecting their everyday brilliance.
Another sure-fire sign of spring is the teenage neighbor girl, neon-pink-bikini-clad, lounging in a backyard lawn chair and chatting on the cell phone while absorbing late afternoon UV rays.