April 80 Degrees

Yesterday it was over 80 degrees. It was April 12. Pretty warm for mid-April in Oregon. My little cold-weather primroses and pansies look like they were lost in the desert, and they were wet to begin the day. They just can’t handle that amount of heat and direct sun. They have spent the last two months all perky and happy because it has been damp and cold, but not too cold. I moved them out of the sun this morning, but the damage is done. I can plant them in the ground and they will come back next year, but for now, I’m going to have to move some Gerber daisies or something to the front.

I finally remembered to buy rings for the peonies NOW instead of after they are too big to do anything with except tie yarn around their middles.  I got a great deal too.  One of the quilting rings at the fabric store was missing a little screw so it only cost $1.74.  And it was one of the really big ones that would have been $7 new.  I also got a mid-size set.

The night before last the impending warmth was in evidence. I mowed the lawn, pulled weeds, and put some grass seed on the bare patches. I’ve had the seed for a few months now. My front lawn is frustrating. I put in sod the year before last and it looked great until the very end of the summer. It just died. Last summer it came back thinly, but I never got around to reseeding. This winter, it just looked all patchy and awful. It’s been a really wet winter and you wouldn’t think that would matter, but it seemed to just create mud, even with decent drainage.

So last February in a fit of hope I bought the seed. After I discovered temperatures need to be consistently over 58 degrees for it to live, so the bag has been sitting on the back porch waiting patiently for its time to come. The other night it felt like it was going to be really warm the next day so I went ahead and did it. Yesterday was so warm I actually had to add water. Weird. 80 degrees in April. Global warming must be a myth. Good times.