Phenology is new to me, and my knowledge of it is only superficial. However, I like the idea of having a larger context for understanding plant life cycles and the seasonal changes that occur with climatic variations. With the dramatic shifts in temperatures we’ve experienced these past few months, this seems an especially important year to pay attention to what is coming up when, and with what.
New growth on the sage.
Garlic chives have reemerged.
The garlic bed, with the later Phillips in the foreground.
Forsythia in full bloom.
Apple tree beginning to bud out.
Daffodils are up and beginning to blossom.
We’ve been listening to the Canadian geese flying north for some weeks now, and the sound of birds chattering increases daily. When I was out late last Monday, the nighttime presence of peepers could be heard as I returned home. Overnight temperatures are to dip below freezing the next couple of evenings, and I’ve covered the garlic bed with a layer of floating row cover in hopes it will afford some protection from the expected hard freeze. I’m most concerned with potential damage to the apple tree, which could mean the loss of this year’s crop for us, as well as others in our area.