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Monday, March 12, 2012

Springing Ahead

Whatever time the hands of the clock indicate this morning, (yes, the spring ahead happened yesterday) one thing is clearly in store for us – spring-like temps this week rather than a few more days of winter. And if you haven’t noticed these ‘warmer than normal’ temperatures creating a bit of a stir with the insect and tick population, you obviously have been staying indoors.

It could be an interesting start in the plant world as we ready ourselves for outdoor spring projects. The insect activity, like some of our trees and plants, really didn’t enjoy a winter break. Many articles like this broad-brushed one in yesterday’s Washington Post have been popping up since January when it seemed more likely we might be dealing with a different type of winter this year. Past weather records indicate similar patterns with temperatures but it would be interesting to unearth some patterns with insects. Anyone interested in growing any type of crop realizes that, like weather, insects can be tricky to navigate.

So as we spring ahead into the wonderful season of bloom, keep an eye on what can doom a garden’s beauty overnight. James Russell Lowell, the American Romantic poet once said, “The eye is the notebook of the poet.” It should be that of the garden lover, too. Take note of what you see buzzing around in your garden. Don’t wait until you see the symptoms.

P.S. As we spring ahead into blossom and bloom, share any pertinent articles, questions or comments, photos...this blog is for you! 

Image by Ann Bilowz

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