Where is spring? That's the lament I'm reading all over the gardening blogosphere. Here in the Twin Cities, we are in a sort of vacuum, a suspended animation. About 1.5 weeks ago, we had a day when the temperature reached 83 degrees. After that, it dropped down into the 30's and has stayed there.
Although the cold is depressing, I think found the silver lining in our weather. Unlike gardeners in other parts of the country who had plants up and starting to bloom, here in my neck of the woods nothing has started to bloom. Heck, nothing has really started to grow.
That means, unlike Carol at May Dreams Gardens or Don at An Iowa Garden, I'm not mourning over the death of daffodils, lilacs or apple blossoms. Here in the frozen tundra, only a few chives are up and there are no leaves - let alone flower buds - on the shrubs and trees. My guess is that all the plants have slowed down and are waiting for the extended cold to leave town.
In the meantime, I'm behind schedule for planting seeds. I haven't planted a one. If things go well, I hope to get peppers, cabbage and maybe some lettuce planted on Wednesday night, with tomatoes to follow this weekend. This all assumes, of course, that spring finally comes to the northland.