Monday, March 28, 2011
First Pear Blossom
On the first fully sunny day we've had in weeks, here is the first official pear blossom of 2011. There are a few other buds partially opened. The chilly weather is supposed to warm up some this week, so the tree will soon be popping like a popcorn maker: first, just a few blossoms here and there, then a fury of bloom all at once.
Just as a reference point, here is a view of the same tree on the same day -- March 28 -- last year. Our cold, wet weather (I think it rained every single day last week!) has slowed spring down a bit, but soon things should be busting out all over. It can't happen too soon!
Back in January it seemed like spring was coming early. It was unseasonably warm and dry for several weeks. But then, going into March, we got day after day after interminable day of fog and rain and chill, sometimes breaking out into genuine tree toppling storms, complete with power outages, mudslides, and flooding. The end result of all this drama is that rainfall totals for the year are now "about average." "Average" sounds pretty good right now.