Travis Johnson wrote:I live in Maine and this year I am still waiting for winter to come. The ground is not even frozen, and we have yet to get any snow. It is Feb and we have not got either cold nor snow...
This is the same weather pattern we had in 1994, and back in 1907 too; kind of odd, but it happens.
I will just add that some fruit trees, such as apples I believe, actually *require* a period of a minimum degree of cold in order to produce a crop. If that "cold period" continues to reduce will those trees adapt to the new norm, or simply stop producing? I suspect the changes are too fast for tree evolution, so this further supports the importance of planting polycultures with many varieties of food sources to compensate for losses of certain crops.
Our peach, plum and pear trees are swelling their buds since we still have not had more than two days in a row of below 30f since November.
J Grouwstra wrote:S. Bard, I like that small blue flower, the Anemone hepatica. For the one you're trying to identify, have you tried a Yandex image search? Works much better than a Google image search.