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Spring in December?

Posted by bill_ri_z6b (My Page) on
Sun, Dec 4, 11 at 17:20

Here it is December 4th, with Christmas lights starting to shine and the stores busy with holiday shoppers. But instead of snow, I walk out and see my Knockout roses still in full bloom, a few confused Forsythia flowers open, winter jasmine loaded with flowers, fall camellia covered in white blossoms, and even the lavender still producing flowers! Oh, and the ice plants have quite a few flowers glowing in the sun! What's next? Palm trees at the RI beaches? How about a lemon tree out in the back yard? I wonder what's in store for the rest of the winter though. Will we see 5 feet of snow in March? Below zero in April?

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RE: Spring in December?

"Will we see 5 feet of snow in March? Below zero in April?" Shudder . . . Perish the thought! As much as I like snow, I wouldn't mind having a bit less this winter than most of the last few winters have had.

I did notice that my pasque flower is blooming, and some of the neighbors' forsythia is blooming. It has been a lovely warm fall - I haven't minded at all!

RE: Spring in December?

Spring indeed! I recently found a bunch of self sown poppies starting their first set of true leaves in a container. Also, the calendula I chopped off has new leaves sprouting out on the left over stems.

RE: Spring in December?

It does seem strange but I'm grateful for the mild weather as it has allowed for clean-up from the devastating, catastrophic storm that hit October 29. I was without power 10 days, nearly a dozen trees on my property alone either snapped off or suffered extensive damage. It's been non-stop work to put the garden to rights and clear away debris.

RE: Spring in December?

Well, it seems the plants think it's spring! I've got daffodils peeking up, lilies doing the same, and a coworker has forsythia in bud. I expect to see snowdrops in bloom any day now.

On one hand, I have been thoroughly enjoying this beautiful weather... on the other hand, I know it just ain't right!


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