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March 11, 2006

More spring

Today I found outside my gate:

grape hyacinth
One grape hyacinth.

hyacinth
One plain old ordinary hyacinth.

And out front, the irises are in full bloom. In March!

irises

The irises are seriously freaking me out. Back home right now we'd only have crocuses (Pete, do we have crocuses yet?). The scilla won't even come up for another month. How soon do you think the irises will die back here? Should I be cutting the leaves back in May, for crying out loud? (hah, of course I will cut them in May, otherwise I won't be able to make paper with them before I go home for the summer).

I remember when I was a kid and the temperature would get up to 4 Celsius during March break, and I'd joyfully run outside in a t-shirt and bask in the cold sunshine and leap the crunchy piles of melting snow, feeling light and free, unfettered by all those heavy winter garments. I still consider the first day it goes up to 4 degrees to be the definitive sign of spring (which makes Pete mental, sorry, baby).

Today I wore these:

flip flops in march

Flip flops on March break and I'm not even on vacation. Well, I never.

Okay. I'm still pissed that there's no winter here, but this early spring is pretty nice nonetheless. I'll really be whingeing a few weeks from now, though, when summer starts. Because, y'all, I hate the heat. I'd rather have 40 below than ever sit at a bus stop again watching the sweat come out of the backs of my knuckles and splash on the sidewalk. Ew!

Ceramic baby head also enjoys basking in the sunshine, much better than lying half-buried under the musty ivy where I found him.

baby head

Posted by jodi at March 11, 2006 11:23 PM | categories:  athens : canadians love to talk about the weather

Comments

Except for the babyhead which is a little creepy I loved this post. I scrolled over the flower photos ...uhm... more than twice at least-. Up here in Sweden we have the coldest March since the 60s. Although I grew up further north and thinks it's "finally a real winter in Gothenburg", it's cold. Really cold. I can't ever wear flipflops due to my wacky toes, but it looks so nice with naked toes when I'm curled up fully clothed with a blanket right now...

Posted by: Lisa at March 12, 2006 04:30 AM

You Southerners and your early spring...

Posted by: NWJR at March 12, 2006 08:16 AM

I'm in the same boat.. I'm pretty sure I blinked and missed winter this year. I'm not ready to start all of this hot weather yet.. but at least it will give the heating bill a break. Georgia weather never ceases to confuse me..

Posted by: Mouse at March 12, 2006 10:44 AM

The baby head rocks!
There is nothing like the "I might be a serial killer" look to keep away folks ya just dont want to talk to.
lol...
I love it.
xo Moon

Posted by: Lisa at March 15, 2006 03:21 PM