I just wrote and deleted a lengthy paragraph dedicated to complaining about the snow that came and went and came again and the lack of snow that has been the nattering gossip of the 2011/2012 winter season, but then I deleted it because COME ON…
I wonder, does obsessing about the weather come with being a gardener or does it simply provide me with an excuse to voice it? I’ve been a gardener for so long now that I no longer recall what I complained or obsessed about in the years BC (Before Cultivation).
All I know is that I woke up this morning, looked out the window and decided that a springtime picture was the order of the day.
Those of you living in warmer temperate climates will already be soaking in the colours of spring; however, in these parts, fields of blooming violets do not appear until April or as late as May. When they show up depends on their location and the conditions that year. Again, I am finding myself slipping back into talk of the weather.
But this brings up an interesting point about the effect of weather on bloom times. A quick search on this site reminded me that I often begin looking for the violets that bloom on a hillside nearby around mid-April. But the violets I inherited with my yard did not make their full appearance until the end of the month and into May. Indeed, last spring stayed cool later than usual, and the violets in my yard lived in a location that did not receive the same exposure as the hillside violets. Those that I have planted at my community garden plot are always later still because I took advantage of their use as a shade-tolerant perennial and have them planted where few other edibles will grow.
This obsessing about the weather and location that we do as gardeners has its merits. It offers insight into ways we can break the zone rules (planting in spots that are less, or more affected by fluctuating weather patterns), and can even help us in choosing varied planting locations for the same crop as a strategy for staggering the harvest. As a result, I practically get two seasons of colourful, and tasty violet flowers to enjoy!