For the past few weeks I have felt like a caged animal. You know the ones I am talking about pacing back and forth wanting to be let out. That is exactly how I have felt. Happy that I have a nice comfortable cage to be in, but tired of being in it!
That is usually how I feel every spring when it comes to gardening. In northwest Arkansas the weather is usually very fickle. One day 70 degrees the next day 40 degrees. One day sunny the next day stormy. It has been going on for years. This isn’t a new cycle or a new feeling. The thing is…I have a short term memory when it comes to spring. In one year I can forget the torture that I feel when the calendar says spring has arrived. There is one part of me that wants to race to the closest nursery and buy everything green I can find. The other part of me says to wait…hold on a bit longer…it isn’t time to plant just yet.
I would like to say that the wiser and patient side of me wins, but that is not always the case. The only thing that has helped hold me back this year is the crazy cold and wintry weather we are still experiencing here in late March.
So…as we get ready to turn the calendar page to the month of April, let us all remember that April brings warmer weather, sunny days, and lots of flowers. It also can bring cooler weather, windy and stormy days, and frost bitten flowers. Let’s face the facts…we will forever have weather issues in the garden. No worries, before long it will be hot and humid and we will have forgotten all about our fickle spring weather.