Spring is almost here. Some of you who live on the west coast or in the southern states are already well into spring – but where I live spring is an unpredictable time. Being just on the east side of the Rockies often sets us up for an interesting season.
We typically have at least one three-week period of -40 sometime in January or February. My personal rule is ‘at -40 kids don’t have to go to school.’ The school board doesn’t necessarily endorse that perspective, but -40 is the point at which the Fahrenheit and Celsius scales meet, and both agree that it’s darn cold.March, on the other hand, is just unstable. It can be -20C cold one day and +5C springtime the next. We’ve already had that kind of vacillation, and some of my tulips were fooled into thinking spring had actually arrived. They poked their leaves up about 2 weeks ago during a prolonged warm stretch. Before I could cover them over with anything the temperature dipped to -20C again and they were covered with another 10 cm of snow. I doubt they’ll survive. Note to self – get a bale of straw, a brick of peat moss, or a load of woodchips to cover the flower bed with next fall.
On the plus side – the days are noticeably longer here. I became aware of it as I was cleaning up supper dishes last night. Looking out the kitchen window into the back yard at 7 PM, I saw that there was still a trace of sunlight! Those of us who feel like we are half human/half plant (and desperately need sunshine) are reveling in the longer daylight. That additional 3 minutes of sunlight each day adds up quickly and is so much appreciated!