Some years, we enter March with feet of snow on the ground, yearning for a break - anything that will signal that Spring still exists, somewhere. Like last year.
And the year before.
But then there was the incredible year of 2012, when everything was a month or more ahead of schedule. But even 2012 can not compare to this year.
The forecast for next week:
Tuesday: high of 60F.
Wednesday: high of 66F. (18.8C)
Thursday: high of 62F.
It sounds great, doesn't it?
Not so fast.
In 2012, that year when we had forsythias and Bradford pears in bloom in the third week of March, we also lost a lot of our apple crop due to a late frost. And, our maple syrup crop wasn't all that great, either.
I fear for our maple syrup crop this year, too. The conditions just aren't right.
In weather, unusual isn't always good. The norm of upstate New York winters are cold and snowy in March. This mild winter (except for a -10 morning) may mean survival of this camilla, though. (You aren't supposed to try to grow camillas in upstate New York - not hardy enough,but my camilla, one of the hardiest available, is still hanging on. I think.)
But, someone is going to be paying for this mild, almost snowless (perhaps a record) winter.
|I hope the owner of this didn't mind me taking a picture|
It would be terrible if the cost of our unbelievable winter was losing another apple and maple syrup crop, never mind the people who have already lost months of income from the lack of snow.
Sometimes, indeed, March can be the cruelest month.