I started this post nearly a year ago. Volatile spring weather is a constant each year and has caused havoc from coast to coast in the past year. After an extremely cold February and early March, we are indeed marching toward the end of April. A sunny, windy, warm Easter weekend had turned into a cool wet Earth Day. See my blogs between May 2018 and now in 2019 to follow my decision-making process.
May 2018 remained sweatshirt-chilly for the first two weeks, then catapulted to temperatures near or exceeding 100 degrees over Memorial weekend. The month wrapped up with a week in the nineties that ushered in wind-wrapped rain and tornado warnings. High winds earlier this spring tore siding from my house, damaged ponderosa pines, and other trees, and downed power lines for many, although my electricity remained steady. Trying to determine my future mirrors the weather’s ups and downs. I think I’m all set, then have a complete change of mind every few days as I investigate options.
Trees, bushes, and flowers experienced a similar rollercoaster. Bare lilac branches burst from tightly-curled buds to lovely flowers, to dried flower seed-heads to full leaf in a week. The branches were bare at the beginning of May and flowers were all gone before Memorial Day. Many early iris did not bloom. Mid-season tall bearded iris bloomed and died in a weekend, but there were enough of them to decorate family graves. Looking at each turn of nature teaches me that everything does not have to be perfect for one to move ahead, and many beautiful things are fleeting.