Skip to main content

I live in Oklahoma.  This is supposed to be the coldest time of the year, with ice storms, freezing rain, and even the occasional snow.  From January to early March is depths of our winter.

Apologies in advance for the blurry pictures.  I am saving up to buy a better camera this Nikon I bought to replace the Canon that died is a terrible camera.

But this year has been unseasonably warm.  We're not quite to record breaking warm on a day-by-day basis - there's always some date in history that was warmer on this day or that.  But for overall warmest winter, I think we're pretty close.

Some of the earliest signs of spring in my yard are things like the henbit blooming, and the dandelions, and the wood violets, followed by the forsythia buds.

I have henbit blooming.


I have wood violets budding.

No pics - it was worse than the henbit pic.

I have dandelion blossoms and dandelions already sending up stems topped with their iconic ball of seeds.


Dandelion Fluff

And my forsythias - the ones that survived the brutal summer - have teeny buds forming, as does my pecan tree.


The mints are up.

The blackberries have new tips.


The lavender bloomed twice last year, and is getting ready to send up pre-bloom stalks already.

The roses are budding.

Rose buds

And the bachelor buttons have leafed up already.  Some are beginning to send up shoots.

Bachelor Buttons.

It's too early to be planting the spring garden, because we may yet get some ice storms, and then I'd lose the crops.

And yet, it's so warm this winter that nothing has really died.

The bugs are going to be really bad this summer. Fleas and flies in particular.  However, with the drought, the mosquitoes will be reduced.  Which means reduced dragonflies, too.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site