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Last day of spring

March 03, 2019

Spring has been unfurling new glories every day, like this beautiful Texas redbud in full bloom on Anderson Lane. But today — boom — an Arctic cold front is blowing temps down into the upper 20s.

Yeah, that’s completely normal for this time of year. But it comes at the end of such a mild winter that plants have leapt forward by a few weeks into spring. The coming freezes will kill flower buds and maybe new leaves, and it’ll burn back plants like Mexican honeysuckle that are in full bloom in my garden. So I’m whining a bit. Truthfully, maybe a lot. But after all, the first lesson of gardening is, you’re not in charge. The second lesson is, plants are resilient, and they’ll recover.

Still, grrrr.

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