Spring, Winter, Spring, Winter – Enough Already!

It’s time for spring to stop goofing around and get serious. Last weekend we had snow, and I really am not in the mood for any more winter wonderland. There wasn’t much accumulation and it melted pretty fast, but still.

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A light sprinkle of April snow in the back garden.

And now we may get more of the same kind of limited but unseemly snowfall this coming weekend. All this April snow is causing disorientation as to season.

Here’s a little video Judy took on Saturday of April snowflakes.

Also, in a few days the temperature is supposed to go several degrees below freezing, which causes the Daffodils and other plants to go limp, as their cells pump out water to reduce the danger of bursting. A clever adaptation, but droopy Daffodils cause my spirits to droop as well.

With a little perspective, I force myself to admit that April was a lot worse in 2015 than it has been so far this year. Also, friends in other parts of the country have been hit with a lot more snow and cold than we’ve had to cope with here. Still, if you can’t complain about the weather, what can you do?

Also, I want to get out in the garden this weekend. Oh, where are the sunny but comfortably cool days of April?

63 Comments on “Spring, Winter, Spring, Winter – Enough Already!”

  1. Well, if there is too much snow to garden, perhaps you can make a snow angel. I would like to see a video of that, please! Our current forecast for Saturday night in the Upstate (SC) is 33 F. In all honesty, I’d like to have a stern word with Mother Nature. Doesn’t she know who her friends are?!!!

  2. In just a t-shirt, I took 25 bags of leaves off the perennial beds, and two days later it dropped to the 20’s and snowed. Excuse me Mother Nature, but enough all ready. We just keep going from winter to spring and there’s not a lot that can be done outside here right now. Frustrating for sure, and I wonder about fruit crops. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I can tell you that my crabapple tree did not seem to get many visits from pollinators this year. Many of the days the blooms were open, the weather was cold, windy and/or rainy. I do wonder whether that will translate into fewer pollinated flowers and less fruit. It will be interesting to see.

      (Last year, the tree bloomed about a week later, was covered with buzzing bees, wasps and other pollinators, and ultimately produced a bumper crop of fruit.)

  3. Oh, misery loves company! Our weather patterns have been the same as yours. The only difference is that the flowers are not yet in bloom in central Maine. They have learned not to show their pretty heads until the end of the month or the beginning of May ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. I’ve been feeling the same way, Jason. We haven’t had the snow, but it’s been so cold recently, and there’s a freeze warning for tomorrow. I think I’m more antsy than usual because of the warm days we had earlier, and I have a lot of half-finished clean-up jobs. And even if it isn’t so cold, the wind has been horrendous!

  5. I completely agree with you. It also driving me crazy. All my asparagus are sending out shoots and they are flopping back limp with cold. Let’s all together complain so that the weather listens; then she forces out winter and brings back in spring ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. I feel for you and your garden/yard. Our weather has also been weird, very on and off, but the strangest thing for us has been that rather than straight rain or snow, we’ve been having hailstorms with strong winds.

  7. This is payback for the warm weather we had in December and January โ€“ I am sure everything evens out eventually, it usually does. I would have preferred to have the warm weather NOW though! Over here in Britain we have had a rather cold spring so far too, but no snow yet in London, and I sincerely hope I wonโ€™t see any now, although the latest I have seen snow in previous years is 8th Aprilโ€ฆ..not jinxing anything, am I??
    I am planning a week-end doing gardening work, hope you can do the same ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. Hello Jason, I just learned (yet another) new thing from you – that daffodils and other early flowering plants pump out water to stop their cells from bursting in freezing conditions. I thought daffodils went limp because they became frosted and their cells burst and somehow, they were very quick to recover. I got the cause and effect the wrong way round for years!

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