The knitting continues behind the scenes while ~ ahem ~ too many long-completed shawls sit waiting patiently to be blocked. And prizes yet to be awarded … they’re coming, I promise!
Outside, Mother Nature continues to show she is in charge and nothing is quite as it should be in the garden. How could it be, when the October snowpocalypse is followed by 80-degree temps in March? To say the bloom cycles are out of kilter isn’t the half of it.
This double peony has been blooming great guns for two weeks ~ a full month ahead of its schedule ~ while the peony next to it in the bed isn’t near bloom yet. (Look at last week’s tag sale find with KnittingKittens: a real McCoy! Literally. A vintage Floraline pottery vase. Owl loves it with its geometric “angel fish” pattern.) I wish you could smell them. Positively heavenly.
Some of my roses are flush with blooms, too, seemingly a month ahead of where they would normally be.
Sadly, the meteorological mix-up robbed us of my favorite flowers of all ~ lilacs. There was not one single bloom on the reliable mature shrubs I have, nor anywhere in my neighborhood, nor the big hardy antique natives on my urban office block. Some combination of the too-early hot temps followed by a few freezes conspired to prevent buds from even forming. No pretty backdrop for my annual Mother’s Day pictures with Darling Bebe. This season, Yankee Candles will have to suffice. At least their “Lilac Blooms” is a pretty good facsimile, if ersatz.
In a cautionary way, it brings to mind a television commercial from childhood. I can’t remember the product, only a hazy jumble of images: a woman in a flowing dress with a crown of flowers, the rumble of thunder and the tagline ~ “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”