This week on the farm

This last week of December brings us some seriously fluctuating weather.  Yesterday was 70 degrees, a record high, and today is 45 and raining.  It has been disturbingly mild, save for a short cold spell in November.  It was enough of a chill period to send the buds on the trees into dormancy, and this warm snap was enough to trigger them to break bud.  Driving down the street in Westminster today we saw pink cherry blossoms flourishing in the chilly mist.  This is not good news for the fruit farmers.  I also wonder what it means for us with all the bulbs that we planted.  I have a feeling we should be fine, as it looks like winter is here now, or at least coming in the next week.

On the farm in yesterday's mild weather I was able to get out and finish up some planting that was lingering.  Some Austin Roses and a few straggler Peonies went in outside and I continue to plug away with the Anemone planting in the greenhouse.  Now it's time to buckle down with seed inventorying, ordering and planning for the new year to come.

We've certainly been enjoying a restful holiday break, too.  Visiting family and friends and spending time with the kids have been highlights.  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and a have a very healthy and happy New Year!