Today's photo shows how, in Greensboro, winter is still officially in full swing and spring is already well on its way. To the right are some poinsettias that are lingering from the Christmas holidays. To the left, daffodils are cheerfully invading the landscape; all, under a February, Carolina-blue sky. Yesterday's weather reached the mid- 60s and today, it may well be in the mid 70s. Let's hope that the temperatures don't dip to freezing any more, or many of our fruit buds may be killed.
Over the past week, there has been an increase in airborne pollen, especially from trees. If you find yourself sneezing, that could be the reason. Greensboro in springtime is about the most beautiful place on earth, when the wild and cultivated fields are at their best. However, it is also peak allergy season, making it, as Dickens would say, the best of times and the worst of times. And, it does seem like spring will be early this year. Greensboro gardeners, did you finish your winter pruning?