Spring! Fickle and mercurial, you are. Use whatever word you choose; seesawing, upanddowny, fluctuating, variable…this spring so far seems as if it has been more changeable than usual. Daytime temperature in the thirties are followed the next day by the sixties. Nighttime temperatures have been bouncing around, too. They’ve been in the fifties and they’ve been in the teens.
This spring has had some hard edges.
We’ve had snow on about half of the days of this last week.
The daffodils were feeling so harassed that they just laid themselves down on the ground.
The daffodils in the yard were oppressed and flattened by the last week’s lousy weather.
This morning I looked at the ten-day weather forecast graph.
Here’s yesterday morning’s view of the Wishetwurra Farm garden. Hello, snow.
Some of last year’s kale plants are still alive.
That garlic? Here’s some of it.
Pease are popping up.
There’s hope inside the greenhouse, too. Fall-planted greens are thriving. Flats of pease, onions, leeks and greens are coming along. The big old rosemary plant is in bloom.
There’s hope inside the house, too, where flats of warm-weather plants are being coddled underneath a skylight. Under these pots is an electric heat mat. Life is cozy for these little ones.
The tomatoes are making their first true leaves.
By next month at this time, the coddled inside plant babies will be potted up and getting acclimated to life in the greenhouse. We’ll have planted out seedlings, and will be seeding in open ground. The new strawberry plants may have come. We will have fixed the fence where the chicken wire has rusted through.
The hummingbirds are getting near, too. They usually show up in the second half of the month, but one showed up early. It arrived March 31st, over in West Falmouth on Cape Cod. That’s less than twenty miles from here.
That hummer is sign of spring for sure.
It’s time to put out the hummingbird feeders.
Soon the weather will be perfect.