Wow! Something’s happened over the last couple of days. We’ve had quite a bit of Summery sunshine, plus some rain at night, and all of a sudden the greenery has come to life. When I took Gizmo to the Ponderosa today, the little wooded bits which had been pretty much flat and brown since last autumn were suddenly three-dimensional and green, a plethora of plant species poking their heads up and vying for space. At the same time, you can feel the plant life in the air, it’s thick with it.
For a while now, I’ve been meaning to keep some note of the seasonal changes around here, mainly so that (in theory at least) I can look back in the future and see how things compare to previous years, and also hopefully get some idea of planting times for the allotment.
Well, when I was walking Gizmo yesterday I noticed, for the first time this year, some purple weed (I’ll try to identify it tomorrow) and forget-me-not growing alonside the allotments. Meanwhile, the main crop of daffodils seem to have started dying, all the plain yellow ones are looking a bit manky and only the narcissi seem to be still going strong.
Well, this is it. Winter has started. Not that it’s snowing or anything – in fact, the sun is still shining brightly, and to anyone behind the window of a climate-controlled building like this one it would appear that nothing has changed. But step outside and you’ll realise that it’s light without heat, intense white stuff that burns nothing except the back of your retina.
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