The 11 Seasons of Midwestern States:
Spring of Deception
Second Summer (1 week)
Our area seems to be stuck in the Third Winter season. The high temperatures should be in the 60s. That's happened two times in the past week, but the other days the mercury got stuck in the 40s. And the low temperatures were way below freezing!
Last Saturday when Hubby Tony and I were doing some pre-Easter shopping he asked if I wanted some cut flowers for the table. I declined (because the cats tend to eat them), but said pansy plants from the garden store would provide a nice pop of color and could be planted outside afterwards. We decided on a pack with small yellow blooms. On Sunday I nestled the black plastic container in a basket where looked very nice.
After dinner it was too cold to put the flowers outside, so they stayed in the garage until Tuesday. The day was sunny and warm, and it was a joy to dig in the dirt in the front porch planter. Wednesday was cloudy and brisk. Thursday started out nice, but a cold front came through and by bedtime the temperature was back in the 30s. Each night since that time the lows were in the high 20s.
This morning when I looked outside the tiny yellow flowers were shriveled and drooping down to the ground. The leaves looked sickly and wilted. However, the day might have been brisk but it was sunny. By the afternoon the plants had amazingly perked up.
According to the forecast if the plants can hang on for three more days they should be rewarded with normal spring-like weather. Since that will be a third of the way through April I certainly hope the meteorologists are right.
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