Is it spring? Is it winter? I’m so confused! I have a feeling that’s what my poor perennials and trees are saying as well – I can practically see them scratching their heads as they ponder whether it’s time to leaf out or not.
This has been the warmest February that I can remember – one day last week, it was actually shorts weather with temperatures reaching a record breaking high of 16C/61F. And yesterday - a high of 14C/57F. Today? It's -7C/19F with a windchill of -15C/5F. Crazy.
Of course I, being human and all, enjoy a bout of spring-like weather just as much as anyone else, but this feeling is always tempered by worry. Top of mind are the fruit trees. If they come out of dormancy during one of these warm spells, thinking that spring has officially arrived, it may be another fruitless year if all those buds are killed off once winter returns.
My apple trees are in their 3rd year and I was actually hoping to get a few fruits from them this year. I’ve had to pick off baby apples from the Granny Smith tree for 2 years in a row now – a necessary evil so that the tree spends its limited energy developing a good root system.
Baby Granny Smith apples in 2015
But I think I’ve been patient enough. This year I was planning on letting a few apples ripen – a person can only be so patient, you know :) Fingers crossed that our crazy weather doesn't put the kibosh on my apple harvest.
Indoors, it’s much more apparent which month we are in as February marked the start of the growing season at our house. The alliums are up and running:
Onions, shallots & leeks
I've also started a couple of sweet potatoes:
And now for a recent surprise. Last spring, I purchased a couple of small muscari pots on a whim. Once they had finished flowering, I considered transplanting them outside but then decided against it as I had read that muscari can become invasive, depending on the species. Since I didn’t know the specific variety, I wasn’t willing to take the chance. So I placed the pots in the basement, awaiting the big fall pot cleanup. Well, I completely forgot about them and they just sat there all winter.
Imagine my surprise when I saw some green poking out of the dry-as-dust soil in one of the pots. A couple of weeks later and they are well on their way:
Will we be enjoying some beautiful blooms soon? Stay tuned…. :)