Just a bit more than a month ago, I posted an article about the somewhat spring-like weather that our village of Daglan had been enjoying. I called it “Hello autumn, hello spring (where’s winter?),” and illustrated it with a close-up photo of a flower on the forsythia shrub in front of our house.
Here’s what I wrote for that November 7 piece:
While the leaves on the forsythia have been slowly dying off, I’ve noticed that the plant has also been developing a real profusion of buds all over the place — a sign that it’s preparing to burst forth in yellow blossoms next spring. But what’s this? As of this morning, it appears to be blossoming already.
I suppose the cool, rainy weather that we’ve been having lately may be tricking the plant into thinking that it’s spring already.
Will it reach the fully-blooming, flaming-yellow stage before winter’s icy winds begin to blow? Or will we skip the icy-winds stage completely this year? (I know; that’s pretty doubtful.)
In any case, rest assured that we’ll be keeping a close watch on these shenanigans.
And here’s the photo that I posted back then:
Well, guess what? Winter has been winning this tug of war, with hard frosts every night for the past week or two. Leaves from the two wisterias on our front walls are literally throwing themselves onto the ground, our fireplace is going full tilt, and if we leave the house in the morning we have to scrape a thin sheet of ice off the windows in our cars.
And as for the forsythia flower? Things are not looking very good, as you’ll see in this photo by Radio Free Daglan’s Chief Staff Photographer, my wife Jan:
To settle the case in winter’s favour, here’s another photo that Jan took this morning, while she was out for a bracing walk. Clearly, this is a plant that’s feeling more than a touch of frost:
The bottom line? If you’re heading to the Greater Daglan Area any time soon, don’t bother packing your swimming suit.