We awoke this morning to snow, and cannot recall a time in the last 15 years as now: most mornings for the past several weeks have revealed freezing overnight temperature and a frost covered ground. . . quite late in the season for that.
As a reference, this time last year our 'P.J.' Rhododendron was in full bloom, as was the 'Yoshino' cherry and ground phlox. The Magnolia stellata has unfolded only a few of her blossoms and wisely so. Many of the trees are saying 'no way' as they await the warmth of the sun.
The sun strokes it magic and soon the frozen pebbled surface will warm the soil beneath, and the snow will be gone before the day is out.
As we speak to friends and relatives across the country, the reaction is similar. . . 'we don't remember a winter like this'.
Hmm. . . must be global warming.