This morning it was 55 degrees when we got up. By noon it was 74. Now the clouds have arrived and the rain has come and so has the cold. They forecast 28 degrees by morning and 29 degrees tomorrow night, so I guess spring will take a short break. I just hope it is a short one. Heat rises so when it gets suddenly cold down in the valley as in Nashville or McMinnville, we are quite a bit warmer here on the mountain. So it would be nice if we can stay above freezing for these two nights. By Saturday the forecast is back to normal with highs in the low seventies. I guess a short, light frost won’t hurt the buds but I hate to take a chance with fruit trees that are in bloom and my berries. So say a short prayer for us here on the mountain.
Today I got out after breakfast and finished up the flower beds in the Hickory Grove. Now all I have to do is spread the compost and transplant the iris to their new beds. I will wait and do that when the warmer weather comes back, maybe Saturday or Sunday. Norman is still bring brush down to the burn barrels. After this rain they should be cool enough to let Norman empty them, they are getting pretty full of ashes. I still have quiet a bit to pick up in the grove and around the lower garden but the worst of it is in piles now that Norman is moving. Then we can get back to weeding the big garden and getting some plants to put in that garden. We should have that all planted except for the tomatoes by mid April. The rhubarbs looking great so in a couple weeks we can have rhubarb pie when Joe come. I think this week we should have apple pie because I have not used any of the frozen apples I cut up for pies yet. Have a great day.
About Carol (Ouma) Petts
I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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We are happy to have a day with the temperature above freezing. We are having rain tonight and tomorrow. Maybe our six foot piles of snow will dimish. We might find our spring flowers under there! Take care of yourselves!
That is one thing I do not miss about New England, spring was so slow to come. I remember some of those foot deep snow storms in April. You just get to see the ground and get hit again with the snow and cold. TN has it faults but spring is not usually one of them. Our first year here we had a freeze on April 21-23. For two days the temperature never got out of the 20s and it killed all the new buds, there was no fruit or berries in the state and most of the local farmers markets can carry only TN grown fruits and vegetables. We had just planted our fruit trees and berry bushes so lost all the new growth and buds on all of them plus lost one peach tree and 8 out of the 12 raspberry bushes. That was the worst spring in history and I hope we never see it again. Take care of yourselves and I’ll pray for warm weather for you.