ahhhh!

first flowers today. some of the purple crocus showed up. usually the yellow ones are first.
temps went from 14F the other night to 24F two nights ago, last night was in the 40sF and now today is above 60F.
very windy, but it was so nice out we grabbed some of the wood that the power line clearing crew left behind and then we cleaned up a row of purple bearded iris.
so nice to be back outside puttering, even if this is only a temporary break in the cold.
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My favorite weather guy Madman says winter is essentiality over.
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On 3/7/12 2:59 PM, Bill who putters wrote:

Was there a winter? By this date last year (starting at the beginning of November), we had 436 hours of winter chill (hours at or below 45F) in my community. This year, we have had 220 hours. Even my mild-winter peach tree is likely to suffer; it requires 300 hours.
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It certainly feels that way in western Ohio. But statistically we're still 2 months shy of last frost. It makes for severely mixed feelings.
I dug a little this evening on a long postponed (would be) terrace in the yard, but still worry that the things that are breaking dormancy will get slammed.
Gardening -- an adventure without ever buying a plane ticket.
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Bill who putters wrote: ...

i will tell that to the snow forecast for this evening. :)
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On 3/7/2012 3:35 PM, songbird wrote:

You are running very late by my weather clock. The weather was so mild this Winter (should this even been called Winter?) that my Crocus and Daffodils have been done blooming for two weeks now and the giant hybrid Hyacinths are finishing up. The bed of blue Anemone Blanda surrounding the three standing stones are blooming nicely now. The tulips are just up a bit but they are old bulbs in a bad location so that isn't a good indicator. For some reason of the three straw yellow Chrysanthemums in front of the standing stones it looks as though one hasn't made it through to Spring -- at least it has no leaves while the other two do. For some reason one of the three seems to die every year but it surely can't have been a winter kill.
The English Bluebells are well up and I had to rush in today to saw and clear some large logs from trees that were taken down a few months ago because they were sitting right on the area where the Bluebells were popping up. (Much firewood to be moved and stacked but that can wait now that the area is clear) The oddest part is that I had Periwinkle blooming for most of the winter and when I saw a blue flower on that at Christmas I knew that the end times must be upon us.
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