May 17, 2011
We have used the furnace every single morning since we returned from Mexico. It is cold, wet and miserable. Today there is new snow on the hills and still a good deal of snow on the mountain. The low forecast for tonight is 3C with a risk of frost!
Yesterday I stopped in at the nursery that happened to be next door to the appointment I was in town for. It was not a pleasant experience, the wind was whipping up and down the aisles and the plants looked sad. We have decided to forgo planting numerous flowers this spring ( what spring ) and just put is a few here and there to add some color to the patio. Most of the lovely Mexican pots I have brought north over the years will remain empty. As I wandered through the rows of flowers I listened to two old men talking about the weather and how in all their years they had never experienced a spring like this. They are gardeners and just did not know what to do. They also seemed to be sad, disappointed in nature. Spring and flowers is what give them the energy to continue on with life. They finally said goodbye to one another, making plans to come back next week.
One of the nursery staff was giving advice to another customer, ” the rule of thumb” she said, “is if there is snow on the mountains, don’t plant”. So I too will wait for another day, a better day.