November Spring

Nov 22, 2016 | 2 comments

Hanging Out in Oysterville

Hanging Out in Oysterville

According to the Climate Prediction Center of the National Weather Service, “Current oceanic and atmospheric conditions over the tropical Pacific are consistent with a weak La Nina event.”  If my understanding is correct, I think that means a cold, wet winter for us here on the Peninsula.  What I can’t figure out, is what the plants in my garden are thinking.  How are they interpreting the weather (which, thus far, seems wet enough but not too cold) and why in the world are they acting like it’s springtime?

Popping Out

Popping Out

Just north of the house, the rhododendron buds are beginning to show pink.  I wouldn’t say they are exactly bursting forth – more like peeping out to see if conditions are suitable.  Thus far, there hasn’t been a big surge.  More like a first furtive exploration by the bravest blossoms.  I don’t know if there will be a ground swell (so to speak) in the days ahead.

The fuchsias in the hanging baskets on our porch are confused, too.  Although their leaves are yellowing and thinning out, they are still putting forth new blossoms.   Just when we think we ought to be taking them into the garage for a long winter’s nap, they treat us to new glories of plump color.

Book Cover

Book Cover

I can’t help but wonder what next spring and summer will bring.  Will those unseasonably early bloomers have the stamina to bloom again?  Somehow I am reminded of Shel Silverstein’s wonderful poem, “How Many? How Much?” from his book, A Light in the Attic:

How many slams in an old screen door?
Depends how loud you shut it.
How many slices in a bread?
Depends how thin you cut it.
How much good inside a day?
Depends how good you live ‘em.
How much love inside a friend?
Depends how much you give ‘em.

Maybe with flowers, the number of blooms depends on how much we enjoy them.  If that’s the case, we’ll be having springtime year ’round here in Oysterville!


  1. Jayne Bailey

    Bob noticed that the strawberries in the dunes were blooming .

    • sydney

      Wow! Now that’s really something! Maybe if there is a winter crop of fruit, we’ll have a chance at them. There aren’t as many birds around at this time of year…


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