The visible signs of the campaign season are beginning to bloom, albeit a bit late given the hot political climate.
Red and blue and white campaign signs are appearing along major roadways as lesser known candidates try to get their names in front of voters before the May 8 primary.
By comparison, most major candidates, such as Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and former Congressman Bob Etheridge, two Democratic candidates for governor, haven't put an emphasis on campaign signs, likely pinching pennies to save for a TV ad campaign later this month.
The one candidate planting more signs than others: Paul Wright, a former Superior Court judge, who is challenging GOP golden boy Pat McCrory, the presumptive party nominee for governor.