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Lo, How a Rose ... Is Blooming?

I just spotted a blooming rose, on Capitol Hill:

This is just wrong, even if it is pretty.  It's more than a month too early, and we still have spring flowers that are just starting to open!

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Apr. 5th, 2012 11:32 pm (UTC)
The warm weather we had last month really messed things up. I've been having to baby the tomato seeds that spouted early last month.
Apr. 7th, 2012 08:04 pm (UTC)
weather & gardening

Oooh, were you direct sowing those tomatoes right in the garden?

Apr. 8th, 2012 11:25 pm (UTC)
Re: weather & gardening
Oh no, but I wintersowed them in a milkjug outside in February. Based on other people's experiences, they normally sprout in April but because of the weird hot weather in March, they sprouted early like everything else. But since I sprouted them outside, I've been trying to keep them outside. The only times I brought them in was when we got those 30-32 degree nights. If it's above freezing but below 40, I usually just cover with plastic.
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Apr. 7th, 2012 08:10 pm (UTC)

We've had a couple of nights of near-freezing temperatures, so I hope the rose is still going! Washington DC's "heat island" phenomenon is pretty well-known: as you travel out of the city in any direction in the spring, it's like going back in time in terms of what's blooming already and what isn't yet. Our neighborhood is a couple of weeks behind the neighborhood where I saw the rose.

Apr. 6th, 2012 03:53 am (UTC)
And if I understood the weather report tonight correctly, you all might get close to freezing temps up there at night tonight and tomorrow! They were saying the farmers here in VA are concerned about their crops, particularly the strawberries and apples, because they have started so early due to all the warm weather, and now they might all get badly frostbitten.

And BTW, please forgive me for taking so long to say this, but thank you so much for my lovely v-gift! I've been lost in new-puppy-land for the last couple of weeks, AND sick with both a lupus flare and a stomach bug, AND my kindle, which is my default net access when I am down and out, has been on the fritz (they're sending me a new one tomorrow, now all I have to do is figure out how to move my beautiful Saiyuki skin on the old one to the new one without ruining it. *cries*) Anyway, I did greatly appreciate it, especially the sentiment that accompanied it. I've been meaning to email you forever, and just been falling further and further behind with everything as time goes on!
Apr. 7th, 2012 08:14 pm (UTC)

Hmm, I can understand why tree fruits would be a problem, but I had always thought strawberries were annuals. Now I see that they aren't - they can be grown as perennials. Oh dear. Fresh berries are one of the things I like to buy at the local farmers' market.

And please, no worries. I have had quite a lot of complications in my life as well, so I haven't been posting as much, either. (And yes, it can get embarrassing when one hasn't answered a post or other sort of message, and gets worse with each passing day ... I'm very familiar with the situation!)

I hope you are feeling better, and good luck with the "skin transplant" for the Kindle.

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