This time of year is one of looking forward.
For those of us in the Southern U.S., spring is practically around the corner, as February will bring a number of pleasant days (just like we've had recently, with highs pushing 50°F with sunshine, woo-hoo!)
After the extremely cold weather in December and January, we're ready for a bit of our 'normal' Southern winter weather.
Actually, spring renewal doesn't really begin until mid February, with the flowering of the native red maples, along with the Asian ornamentals (Prunus & Magnolia selections, as well as many others).
But with the days lengthening, I feel the sense of spring just around the corner. That's a good feeling.