Our winterless winter has advanced to a spring that's at least a month early. If January and February were like March, March is like April, if not May. After months and months of endless rain it's now sunny, with haze and smog creeping up from the Po Plain; and during the day it actually gets hot. HOT. In March.
I'm enjoying the lush, lush greenness and the spring flowers, though with a sense that two months of bloom are getting crowded into one. I haven't gotten all the rose cuttings that I started in fall 2012 out of the propagating beds and into pots, and now the Teas and Chinas are full of tender new growth and I don't dare lift them. It looks as though we may get no rain this month, and we've begun watering the pots. It's a good thing the ground is so supersaturated from all the winter rain.