We haven’t seen a single crocus, but the small daffodils have started to bloom. First one, then 2 or 3, and now a whole group of them in one sunny bed that’s covered with pine needles. Punxsutawney Phil may be predicting 6 more weeks of winter, but if this is what winter’s like in Fair Haven, NJ then who’s complaining!
The garden catalogs have started arriving in the mail, and we were going to wait a while before ordering any seeds, but we may have to order them sooner than usual this year. St. Patrick’s Day is the day when I normally plant the peas, but I wonder if we should move it up a few weeks, maybe to George Washington’s birthday. Of course there’s still lots of time left for some winter storms, so we’ll keep the snow shovels handy, just in case. I guess the Navesink River won’t be freezing over at all this year- we’ll miss going to watch the ice boats and walking on the river in Red Bank. Come to think about it, I don’t think that McCarter’s Pond has been frozen over at all as well. Too bad- the kids in the neighborhood really enjoy the ice skating when it freezes over. Did the Farmer’s Almanac forecast an unusually mild winter for us this year?