The chokecherry tree and box elders are showing their faint, bright, tender, delicate new leaves, too.  

21:31:58 PM

The heat has been good for the garden. I’m sure the soil temperature has risen (some day I’ll get a thermometer to measure it). The chokecherry bush I planted last fall, safe behind its fence (from deer), has begun unfolding its leaves. The lead daffodil sprouts are almost three inches high, and many more have come up. One of our ferns has sprouted, and the periwinkle has pushed aside its protective mulch. It all happens so fast, it’s hard to keep up.  

10:37:14 AM

Partly Cloudy
19°C (66.2°F) Too hot. Yesterday hit 91° – today well into the 80s. The sky burned orange as an oversized sun dominated the dawn horizon. But the air is restless, a hot southerly wind one minute, and then a cool breeze the next.