Spring running two to four weeks early
Mom's local paper reports
that the leaves in Bristol, Tennessee, are a full month ahead of
schedule. The only leaves we have here are tiny fresh growth on
multiflora rose, autumn olive, and Japanese honeysuckle. But I can
gauge spring's advance based on the pear buds (breaking open for about
a week now) and the gooseberry leaves (which have been pushing gently
out of buds for a little longer than that).
So we're not a full
month ahead of schedule (unless you measure us by 2015), but our plants
are precocious by at least two
weeks. I guess the question becomes --- do we push our planting
calendar up an equal amount or figure there will be sudden cold spells
up to our usual frost-free date and hold the usual line?
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