Winter is supposed to be done, here in upstate New York. It's May. April showers, May flowers, that's the contract we have with Mother Nature, right?
But, today we had snow showers, biting winds, and something called graupel. And tonight, even as you can hear neighbors mowing their lawns, we have freeze warnings.
I have a Mother's Day tradition of going to nurseries, picking out plants, and planting hanging baskets. Tonight, instead of hanging in the spring breezes, the baskets I made yesterday are on my living room table, along with our tomato plants. Other plants are on chairs nearby. There is barely enough room left for my spouse and I to eat.
Neighbors are covering up flower beds but we've decided our pansies and sweet alyssum are safe. We don't put any tender plants out this early in May - there is always a risk.
It is 45 (7 Celsius) right now as darkness settles over Johnson City, New York. It could drop as low as 25 (-4 Celsius) tonight.
Spring, please come back!