Spring tease

It’s still January for at least for another day or so, but it looks strangely an awful lot like mid-February – or even March here and there, and feels about the same. My brain thinks that means that May is right around the corner. But it isn’t. Not by a long shot. We can’t have seen the end of winter yet.

It’s hard to keep from speculating about spring and summer. Will the pendulum swing? Will we get dumped on by an April blizzard? Will summer be miserably chilly? All we can be sure of is that the weather is weird and will probably continue to be so from here on in. I think I can’t remember anymore what normal feels like anyway.

And who knows what the plants are thinking. My guess is that plants that hate wet winter feet are hating having wet feet. We’ve had more rain and less snow than we’re used to and the ground is only staying frozen – just barely – in the shade.

Anything that is blooming early isn’t likely to come into bloom again at the proper time so with any luck their pollinators are taking advantage of the warmish weather too. Selfishly, I can’t help but be a little disappointed about premature blooms because some flowers are easily wrecked by temperature swings and don’t look quite as outstanding as they otherwise could.

But it is what it is and the only thing to do is go in search of the tease and enjoy its pull towards spring. I know it’s way too early for bloom day too but what haven’t you had to wait for in your garden?

2 thoughts on “Spring tease

  1. Soon as I read that your Diana is beginning to bloom I went out to take a look at my Jelena witch hazel and ,sure enough,there are those cheery, coppery yellow tassels glowing in the winter sunshine! Have also seen a few clumps of snowdrops ,an occasional yellow crocus here and there,and a daffodil bravely blooming all alone. Seems quite creepy that it is so warm ,but,like you say, just enjoy the pull toward spring.

    Jean, I’m going to have to scout around Bristol’s “spring” street for that daffodil! – and I bet more crocus showed faces after that last warm day… -kris

  2. My S. chaenomeloides ‘Mt. Aso’ is budding. Is yours going too? I recall it goes around the time your witch hazels are flowering.

    Susan, They were just starting to fur up. I expect they’ll be looking fiber-optic by now – I’ve been away from the property for a couple of days but one of them was another summer-ish one… -kris

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