It’s lucky that a greenhouse bursting with perennials in not close at hand, because who knows how crazy I might get this spring. Buffalo is balmy; so are most of the contiguous states. A weather map I found here shows thousands of high temperature records, most in the Midwest and Northeast. These are fun times for weather geeks; I have particularly enjoyed reading Paul Douglas’s Minneapolis Star-Tribune blog, which just goes on and on with weather facts and related trivia. There is plenty of serious stuff, like warnings about pine beetles, and plenty of fun stuff, like pictures of SUVs crashing through the ice.
Unfortunately, there’s not much I can do to exploit this. I did find the first violas of the season, which I’ve inserted into big pots already planted with tulips. Usually violas or pansies don’t make an appearance here until mid-April and usually the big pots of tulips don’t get dragged out of the garage until early April. Usually.
I’ve also planted some lilies and dahlias (using the Eleanor Perenyi method for the latter), done some spring clean-up, and watched as the hydrangea buds (which I didn’t bother to protect this winter) started showing green weeks ahead of their usual time.
It seems … odd. I’m getting that out-of-time seasonal dysfunction feeling. It’s enjoyable to bask in a March heat wave. It’s also innately disturbing.