Category Archives: Winter

Brown and Crispy

After 30 days with only a few drops of rain, we finally received a half-inch on Wednesday night. Unfortunately it’s too late for many of this year’s flowers. I was away for 10 days and couldn’t keep up with watering, … Continue reading

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Pick a Season

The Climate Prediction Center is promising a warm and wet meteorological spring (March-May) for our area. So far March has been, in a word, whiplash. On the first day of March we got a record snowfall for the date—3.7 inches, … Continue reading

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I Control Spring (or So I Tell Myself)

Every winter I get a little overly-excited when it’s time to place my flower seed orders. Part of it is a power trip. If I can coax some seedlings to life inside my house when it’s still 3 degrees and … Continue reading

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Blue Friday?

Next Monday is Blue Monday, supposedly the most depressing day of the year for many people. I peaked too early. I’m in full winter doldrums mode already. Maybe staring at some flower photos will cheer me up. Save

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Winter Stomps in

The first snowfall of the season is usually pretty gentle, so it’s usually not too difficult to ease into the chill and the wet and the shoveling. This year’s entry was more of a whiplash affair. On Saturday the grass … Continue reading

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The First Junco

Every year I keep track of the “firsts” in my yard. I’m quirky that way. This time of year I record the date of the first snowflakes that tumble from the sky. In very early spring I’m excited to record … Continue reading

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Just What Season IS This?

Mother Nature has been displaying an epic identity crisis. I have whiplash from the see-sawing between winter and spring that we’ve experienced over the last 10 days. My favorite was last Saturday (4/2) when we woke up to a half-inch … Continue reading

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Creatures in the Night

Only patches of snow remained on the ground last weekend, but overnight Monday and throughout the day on Tuesday we received a couple inches of new snow. Yesterday I was amazed to see how many footprints there were in the … Continue reading

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More Winter Weirdness

We broke an almost-90-year-old rain record on December 13th. I didn’t put out a rain gauge until after the first wave of rain had passed. Silly me. I had taken my rain gauges in for the winter already. The total … Continue reading

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Squirrel Seers

It turns out those squirrels knew exactly what they were doing last Wednesday when they were nervously building their nests. On Friday night the first snowstorm of the season blew across parts of the Midwest including southern Wisconsin. We awoke … Continue reading

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