03-24-2013, 01:07 PM
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Mother nature can't seem to decide from one day to the next if it's Springtime or Wintertime.

Yesterday was a very pleasant 12°C (54°F) Spring day...

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Back garden, Catmint 'Blue Wonder' showing signs of new life above ground



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Front garden, Crocus "Lawn Mix"



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Front garden, Crocus "Lawn Mix"



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Front garden, Crocus "Lawn Mix"



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In one of our street's common ground areas: First Crocus 'Jeanne d'Arc' of the year



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In one of our street's common ground areas: First Daffodils 'California' of the year



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In one of our street's common ground areas: First Daffodils 'California' of the year



Fast forward to today (currently -6°C/21°F) and the forecast is anything from 6 to 10inches of snow...

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Back garden



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Little bluestem grass and Solar (path) light

Edit: Fixed grammar and added Back garden, Catmint 'Blue Wonder' photo.

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 03-24-2013, 01:21 PM
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Are you KIDDING me?!!!!!!!!! A47

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 03-24-2013, 01:25 PM
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Seriously ... this is strange ... we're expecting 6" tonight/tomorrow here in the Northeast! Huh

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 03-24-2013, 04:17 PM
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I wrote Mother nature a nice note asking her to send Spring ASAP. An hour later there were snowflakes in the air.....

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 03-24-2013, 04:20 PM
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(03-24-2013, 04:17 PM)MsBlackwolf Wrote: I wrote Mother nature a nice note asking her to send Spring ASAP. An hour later there were snowflakes in the air.....

Mother Nature definitely has a mind of her own. Dodgy

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 03-24-2013, 04:30 PM
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I asked mother nature to send snow to my daughter in St. Louis. I forgot about you and your flowers Mike. Sorry

As Celestino would say, hee, hee.

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 03-24-2013, 04:56 PM
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Well Mother Nature is still sending it down here, so far there's a good 8inches laying on the ground -- at least I'll get a good workout tomorrow when I shovel the driveway (and my neighbours).

Schools got called off for tomorrow (Monday) about 5 hours ago...

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 03-24-2013, 04:58 PM
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 03-24-2013, 05:22 PM
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I understand that there's a bounty on Punxsutawney Phil's head. I know that he's being sued.Biggrin

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 03-24-2013, 05:27 PM
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(03-24-2013, 05:22 PM)PanchoVilla Wrote: I understand that there's a bounty on Punxsutawney Phil's head. I know that he's being sued.Biggrin

Yes ... I read that Ohio authorities have issued an "indictment" against Phil. His hometown, Gobbler's Knob, has issued extra security precautions for him! Dodgy

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 03-24-2013, 05:30 PM
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Hey, it has been mostly spring down here BiggrinTongue

I have to say, that is the exact reason I moved from IL 14 years ago

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 03-24-2013, 05:31 PM
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Poor, Punx. Gets dragged out of a good sleep every February and then gets blamed for Mother Nature's capriciousness. Sad

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 03-24-2013, 05:57 PM
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(03-24-2013, 05:31 PM)freddy Wrote: Poor, Punx. Gets dragged out of a good sleep every February and then gets blamed for Mother Nature's capriciousness. Sad

Never looked at it that way, Freddy. It makes ya feel for the guy.

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 03-24-2013, 06:27 PM
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A little tangential here ... but ... Groundhog Day is one of my all-time favorite films ... I can watch it over and over again! Biggrin

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 03-24-2013, 09:39 PM
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That's the pits Mike!

We had our hopefully last "major" snowstorm of the winter last week, got almost totally done plowing and had a hydraulic hose that's been threatening to break all season let go. Bleeding blue fluid as I finished up. Still working to fix it. That should be complete tomorrow with farm tractor hose. That should last for many more years than the OEM stuff.

But it's been warming up ever since that storm. We're no where near having anything grow through the frost yet, and the forest still has LOTS of snow, but there are areas of frost that are "out" in the plowed areas. Our upper driveway (gravel) is in "frost out" mode which means I have it blocked off to prevent vehicles from using it and making 6" deep ruts. UPS and Fedex know better than to do that, but other folks might not. Someone already tried before the last frost- the ruts are still there. Warmer weather is expected all or most of the coming week. Winters back is broken it'll just take a few weeks for it to realize it typically.

Today was the first day, since the storm, that the guinea fowl were able to see ground, so I let them out to forage on last years green grass under the dead stuff.

The first vegetation I notice are the trilliums (wild) down near the road. Interesting blooms. They smell like dead meat. Interesting adaptation. As the winter thaws the animals that died during the cold begin to rot. The trilliums take advantage of that to attract flies that spread their pollen. Pretty right where they are, just don't pick them and bring them inside. We're at least a month away from the trilliums blooming, maybe more.

This week I'll probably get my cold frame assembled and in place to begin to start some seeds; habaneros and such. We still need to drive to pick the seeds up, Johnnys Selected Seeds is 10 miles away, so we do it while taking care of normal errands.

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 03-25-2013, 07:15 AM
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snowing here in PA today.

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 03-25-2013, 07:24 AM
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(03-25-2013, 07:15 AM)andrewjs18 Wrote: snowing here in PA today.

Yes ... most annoying indeed! I'm sitting at the office ... doing nothing ... except surfing through TSN of course! Tongue

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 03-25-2013, 09:11 AM
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The view this morning...

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Back garden



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Little bluestem grass and Solar (path) light



And a few comparison photos from the past couple of years...

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View from backdoor 2 years ago (26th March 2011)



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View from backdoor 1 year ago (26th March 2012)



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View from backdoor today (25th March 2013)

(03-24-2013, 09:39 PM)ShadowsDad Wrote: That's the pits Mike!

We had our hopefully last "major" snowstorm of the winter last week...

Hi Brian

I'm now looking forward to seeing the new Spring growth make a come back, then push on... Weather forecast for this coming (Easter) weekend is sunny and 16°C (60°F).

Finger-crossed that's true for you up there and us down here Cheers

Take care, Mike

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 03-25-2013, 10:48 AM
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Mike, the difference in those photos is amazing. With luck, this last snowfall will be it for Brian, Andrew, Ravi, you, and everyone else in that part of the world. Iced tea weather is just around the corner. Wink

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 03-25-2013, 11:01 AM
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I seriously have no idea what I'm looking at. Tongue

I see one picture with snow, another picture without snow, and then a third with snow again. Biggrin

Did I mention I hate snow and will never live in a climate that has snow?

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