SM thinks that this Summer is going to be a scorcher. He thinks we're falling back into a pattern like when we first moved here. It's been about 14 years or so. Do weather patterns fall into cycles? We'll soon see.
NC was in a drought back in 98 when we first moved here and I came to understand that the dry, burnt and brittle country side was NOT the norm. Since recovering from the drought, things seem to be pretty normal. I don't really hear any of the locals commenting about the weather being unusual.
Except this year. Everyone (and I do mean everyone) is talking about the early Spring. Usually it's a slow waltz into Spring around here. Certain trees and shrubs bloom in a certain sequence culminating in the hardwoods leafing out last.
This year it doesn't seem to matter. It's a mad rush to leaf out. The holly bushes are covered in blooms and bees right now. This usually happens in mid to late April. I checked my blog journal from last year and my entry was April 10th for the holly's to be in bloom. That's a good 2-3 weeks ahead of the curve.
SM noticed yesterday that our English Oak and our Crepe Myrtles are beginning to leaf out. I felt like someone beaned me over the head...We were both shocked.
"Well, Beam me up Scottie..." I muttered to myself in amazement.
(*I know, I know...I tend to use some very interesting phrases and idioms here. Let me digress here for just a moment. It's my way of saying "Yeah. I'm on board. I agree with what you're saying."((Star Trek Geek here.))
What I'm trying to say is that I DO believe that Mother Nature has handed us an early Spring. I would be very surprised if we were to get any destructively cold weather.
It's funny how much better you pay attention to the weather once you start to garden or farm. I certainly understand our little slice of heaven much better after trying to get the land to produce something. And I hate to waste a good opportunity. It seems that Mamma N is prodding me saying "What are you waiting for ?" Hello...McFly? Think! (*another idiom we use around here) "I'm handing you the chance to start eating fresh veggies a whole month earlier than normal. Be flexible girl."
I think that (like you) I've been very suspicious that this was a fluke. But while I've seen the fruit trees get burned by popping out too early, I've never seen the oak tree leaf out until May. Ever. It's always the last to POP.
And to my way of thinking, if the Oak can come out to play than so can some of my summer veggies. I went ahead and planted summer squash, cucumbers, loofahs and potatoes this weekend. I'm holding out on the beans for another week or so. I plan on planting a large patch of beans.
And if SM is right and we do get clobbered by a scorching hot Summer, at least I might be able to get a bit of a harvest in before the oven turns on. And if Mother Nature has just handed us an early Spring than I'll reap the benefits of sowing a little early plus have a longer than normal growing season.