In 1492, Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue. But in 2012, on what used to be Columbus Day, we started our day in Binghamton, NY with ice pellets and ended up with a mad dash to get plants under cover for a predicted hard freeze.
A hard freeze - we haven't even had a frost yet!
Early spring, early fall. And there is an old folk belief that the earlier the first hard freeze, the harsher the winter.
Goodbye growing season.
Now I can only hope the folklore is wrong and we have another mild winter. A winter without ice. A winter without snow. It almost happened last year. Wouldn't it be nice if the first ice was also the last ice?
Goodbye, flowers. Goodbye, summer. Goodbye, warmth. See you next spring.