February held our area in a uniquely extended pattern of lovely, mild weather, which encouraged many trees and perennials to start blooming 2 to 3 weeks earlier “than average”. Fruit trees, rosemary, pussy willows, maples, and, alas, allergies are all ahead of schedule!
We love the beautiful first signs and color blushes of plants awakening with quickened life energy, no matter when they show up!
One gets itchy fingers for planting when the temperatures rise to 60° on a weekend! But, not everything can handle the near-freezing night temps yet, so patience! Instead, it has been time to prune roses, clean up dead plant stalks where they give way to easy tugs, pull up umpteen weeds that have had too much of a good thing, set up the mason bee nest, and take walks.