Saturday, April 12, 2014

March

The good men and women of the National Weather Service suggest that today and tomorrow high temperatures will by around eighty degrees Fahrenheit. Then Monday and Tuesday there might be a little rain, possibly a thunderstorm and at this time of year that can mean moments with straight line winds, maybe some hail and tornado. Then on Tuesday night into Wednesday morning temperatures may dip below the freezing mark, which means frost.  Potatoes are showing, Snap Peas are showing. Asparagus is showing. Lettuce and Spinach are showing.

Nor is frost  in  March unexpected. But each time it happens a person feels a sort of howl at the moon disgruntlement.  I remember one year when Iris bloom was zapped by frost.  Another when Nut Trees were zapped. Forget about mentioning Peach and Apple around here otherwise you'll be followed around by stories when your hunting down Beauregard.  This year too, there's been dieback of Raspberry and Buddleia. The Laurels are in a terrible state, but it'll give them character. Thuja, which as rule in the middle of March look to be on death's door, have never looked happier. 

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