My backyard blog serves as a gardening journal, and it’s a fairly accurate way to track how the seasons compare from year to year. For example, my forsythia is blooming this week. Last year — a typical spring — it started blooming on April 12. My ornamental pear tree (below) is flowering now. Last year it flowered around April 15. We are a good three weeks ahead of schedule. Our alfalfa fields are so green they hurt the eyes. They will be blooming in a few weeks. We will either have an extra early first cutting, or frost will kill it (more likely).
Weeds have sprouted all over my empty garden plot and in my flower beds. The lawn needs mowed. Time to get to work!