It's been a busy winter! Or, should I say the longest 'autumn' on record?
Up here, on top the mountain, in ski country, we typically batten down the hatches mid-November. In preparation for a long, quiet winter reading great books, in front of a crackling fire.
John's Trail Ride Selfie :) Riding horses, in March, in a ski resort, in t-shirts!
But, not this year.
I suppose, it depends on who you talk to... Either we're all gonna die from global warming. Or, we've seen these weather patterns before; we'll see them again, and ya'll should stop frettin' so much.
Crocus, Hyacinth and Daffodils are preparing to bloom ~ months early.
I don't buy into that claim that this is nothing. If it was a one year oddity, perhaps. But, this seems to be a depressing 'something' that's gone on for too long and it's not gonna get better anytime soon.
I wanted to try some exotics this year, but decided to be all practical and stuff. I started the most waterwise cuties I could find:
- Globe Mallow
- Blanket Flowers
- Paprika Yarrow
- False Indigo
- Wild 4 O'clocks
- Prairie Zinnias
** Make sure you plant them in a lifelong spot - they put down deep roots, to find their own water. After the first two years, they'll bloom beautifully without any help from a sprinkler.
Why? Because I'm preparing for the inevitable letter from the county putting us on a super strict water conservation program, when the real summer really does arrive.
I guess the only bright side to this non-winter is how it's put us ahead of the game, for the first time ever. We used to have to head south early, each year, just to find a warm enough spot to give our horses a bath. Can't show up on a trail ride, without a pretty horse! :) But, not this year.
In 5 short days.... Tick... Tock...
Not that we need any more sun, or dry weather. But, I'm certainly up for more fun! Can't. Hardly. Wait...