Latest Signs of Early Spring
It was bound to happen. We've been in the upper 70s and lower 80s in our county this week. So, the crane flies are hatching and the June bugs, aka May beetles, are out as well. Today I have the company of grasshoppers in the garden. Those hoppers are uninvited and unwelcome guests.
In the flower beds, the French hollyhocks (Malva sylvestris 'Zebrina' and 'Mystic Merlin') are blooming and have been for several days. While the spring peepers and tree frogs have been out for weeks, this week the big bull frogs in the lily pond awoke from their slumber and are out croaking in their big, deep voices every afternoon and evening. My calendar says mid-March but my yard and garden and its little ecosystem say late-April.
Is anyone else seeing continuing signs of an early spring warm-up?