spring ?

Prunus 'Okame'Are there any philosophers out there? Let me ask you this, can we have spring if there was no winter?

This is Flower Show week in Philadelphia, the Haverford students are on spring break, and the shamrock shakes are being served at McDonalds.  All signs point to spring.  I wouldn’t be surprised if this “winter” goes in to the record books as one of the mildest and least snowy ever.

The earliest cherry trees (Prunus ‘Okame’) are showing their pink hints and with the forecast for near seventy degrees by Thursday there’s no holding back.  This holds true for many of the early flowering trees.  Should we get a prolonged cold spell and by that I mean temps not climbing out the the twenties, these buds will run the risk of cold damage.  By my estimation things are accelerated by two to three weeks.

I’m putting my request in now for winters to stay remain at this level of mildness until I retire !

Sorry, all you skiers.