Friday, January 13, 2006


In the middle of the night, the rain came.

It's been dark all day, and wet and cloudy. Temps drop tonight and we may get snow.

Yesterday was a perfect day, an enjoyable gift, so out of place in the second week of January.

Today, we're drifting back to the true season. Someone told me about dogwood buds getting bigger, about an azalea opening up. This is not good, they say.

I don't worry too much. Our assumptions about weather are based on patterns that have some variance that are usually close together, but occasionally have wild swings.

The best news I've heard is a gardener's theory that the warming will draw the japanese beetle grubs closer to the surface of the soil. A big hard freeze will kill many of them, these cursed little rose strippers who have no natural predator.

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