Degree by Degree — Spring is on her way!

Mar 28, 2023 | 0 comments

I can’t remember when I last looked at the outdoor thermometer but it wasn’t all that long ago.  It said 44º and it felt like 20 below.  I know I shouldn’t complain (and I don’t think I did) but this morning at 6:30 a.m. I looked and it was 50º!!  WOOT!  WOOT!

Not that I went outside and sat in my lounge chair, you understand.  It was, after all, raining.  But, the daffodils were looking daffy and the primroses were acting prim and I could tell they could feel Spring right in their very bones (read: roots and stems.)

On the other hand, the camellias are still totally confused.  It is three months beyond their usual blooming time and still they are bursting forth.  And after forth, they burst all over the ground below!  Colorful, but not quite what our bargain was to begin with.

Right now at 5:15 p.m. the outdoor temperature is 51º — down 4º from when I looked at noon.  So basically, we’ve had a day in the 50s!  Amazing!  And never mind that I won’t really feel like gamboling and cavorting outside until it’s 20º or 25º warmer.  We are on our way!  Though my friend Ardell says we’re in for some colder nights soon.  She knows those things because she’s a cranberry grower and now that the flowers are budding out, everyone in the cranberry biz is on high alert.  It’s easier these days than it was a few generations ago, though.  Those sprinklers are automated and go on when the temps get below a certain point — did she say 46º at this time of year?

Sounds like a great idea to me — but the water would have to be steamy  for this hot-house-flower to be completely happy.  And for once, I can’t blame old age.  I’ve always been cold-blooded.  So come on Springtime!  Crank up those sunbeams and aim them at Oysterville!  I am ready for the Warm Times to arrive!


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