Saturday, May 8, 2010

The Earliest Spring Ever, about to Collide with Winter

The day before Mother's Day.  May 8.
Lilacs, dogwoods and azaleas are in full bloom.  Some of our irises (which normally don't bloom until the end of May) have bud spikes up and some are starting to open.

This is a bit early for us.  I remember back in 1995, visiting Iowa City for a cousin's wedding.  She picked the early May date (May 6, to be exact) because the lilacs, her favorite flower, would be in bloom.  She missed the mark a tiny bit but I was absolutely amazed to see redbuds and other much later trees for us in bloom there.

Meanwhile this year....redbuds are long gone.

The last of the tulips are saying "goodbye", probably being ripped apart in the wind.  And I do mean wind.  This afternoon the winds could possibly gust to 45 mph.  Rain shower chances increasing.  Snow showers after midnight.  I don't think it is going to go below freezing but....brrrrrr.

Unbelievable.

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