This is the first day of spring — but we (in MN) are still in the grip of winter: cold, windy, lots of unmelted snow and ice. It will be a while before spring makes an appearance.
Last year at this time, the backyard looked like this:
This year, the backyard looks like this on the first day of spring
and the ice on the pond is buried in snow so it won’t be melting for a while (those are 5-6 foot cattails along the edge of the pond in the background).
In fact, the local meteorologist reports that this is just an “average” winter, snowfall-wise. My hope is that the cold weather and deep frost line have killed off many of the insect pests, like Japanese beetles.
While it is “spring-like” with green-ness and blooming flowers in other parts of the northern hemisphere, the days are nevertheless getting longer and supposedly warmer (because of the longer days). So…Canada keep your cold air up there, and let us warm up.