All over the county, gardeners dream of soon-to-be-planted cheerful cosmos and saucer-sized zinnia blossoms. Tufts of wild onions and daffodils have already stuck their heads out from the dormant brown cover.
From the depths of the public works garage, the beautification department is getting ready for the growing season.
Tulip leaves have already stretched up from their bulbs, and climbed out of the ground at the courthouse and city hall. Beautification Director Ronnie Yates and employees Dean Carpenter, Jeremy Pope and Jennifer Hill are out checking the beds, ready to mulch.
By April 1 the mowing will begin. After the tulips die, around May 1, the bulbs will be dug up, given to charities and then the beds will be planted with begonias and petunias.
"I think a lot of people in the community enjoy the flowers," Mayor John W.D. Bowling said. "They can actually see their tax dollars growing."