Well, it’s already April, which means warmer weather is upon us. And this week finally feels that way.
We’ve actually had spells of spring weather since the end of December when confused azaleas couldn’t make up their minds whether to bloom or not. Mother Nature has been very inconsistent to say the least, with spells of warm weather followed by heavy frosts. Last week was in the low thirties for a couple of mornings after we’d worn shorts and t-shirts a few days earlier. It’s hard to get a handle on what clothes to keep in the closet. Mark Twain summed it up this way, “"In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours."
But it’s all pretty normal for this time of year in this part of the country. At least the pollen is mostly over.
We’ve also had our share of rain this past winter and early spring. Fifteen inches in February followed up by five-plus inches a couple of weeks ago. It appears the drought is over ... for now anyway.
In my neighborhood that’s not necessarily good news. Rainy weather leads to septic tank problems and that leads to grumpy neighbors. We sit on top of pipe clay and gully-washers have nowhere to go but up when the ground gets saturated. The only ones happy when those kinds of problems arise are the pump-out people.
With the advent of sustained warm weather comes the growth of lawns, the planting of gardens and the ever-present sound of lawn equipment. It also means mosquitoes, which are already terrible this year, and humidity, two things we’re noted for in this neck of the woods.
I’m mostly a cool weather person but I’m always ready for warm air by this time of the year and look forward to outdoor activities including getting my yard back in shape. It won’t take me long, though, to pine for those cool days again.
Here are some more spring quotes:
"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'" ~Robin Williams
"I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden." ~Ruth Stout
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." ~William Shakespeare
"Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself." ~Proverb