During my many years in the greenhouse business, I have seen a lot of different kinds of seasons. Sometimes the winter is relatively mild, with breaks in the cold and not too much snow. Last season the winter persisted until the end of April, but fortunately didn’t really get a started until almost April. Some recent years have been short on snow but long on cold.
This winter seems to be very persistent and extremely cold, with lows threatening records set back in the 1870s. The snow just keeps piling up, with another several inches the other day. A record amount of snow in February has entered this winter in the ‘near worst’ contest.
In the greenhouses we are plugging along on a normal schedule, hoping that things will eventually average out as they seem to usually do. That breath of spring-like air as we enter the greenhouse each day, gives us hope that the frozen tundra outside will eventually give way to green rolling hills and the first burst of color as the flowers begin to bloom. Meanwhile we content ourselves with the red dogwoods that protrude from the whiteness, and the small bursts of colorful flowers in the greenhouse which we are forced to pinch off lest they get overgrown before their proper time to go outside.
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Gene R. Stark
A teacher, farmer, trapper, and greenhouse grower. He writes about the outdoors and the people and culture of rural America..