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Columbia Missourian

From Readers: Real spring weather is back

By John Hall/Missourian Reader
April 5, 2012 | 5:36 p.m. CDT
An iris blooms in the cool early April climate.

A few days ago we were experiencing July temperatures in March. Highs reached into the low 90's in Mid-Missouri, and within a few short hours the temperatures will dip into the tall 30's. As I've said all along, "If spring is here can cold weather be far behind?"

Earlier this week I made a trip to a local greenhouse to get a few varieties of tomatoes I hadn't started from seed. I noticed my home started tomatoes were much larger than those from the greenhouse. It is at least three weeks before anyone with any experience in growing tomatoes would plant them. The greenhouse worker told me they had sold many tomatoes and the purchasers had already planted them.

It all goes to prove that you can't cure stupidity or fool mother nature. I've shared some of the photos of flowering trees, shrubs and flowers this spring, and I've had a twinge of guilt in doing so. Things are too early, and as the eternal pessimist I understand that we are going to pay for the fake trip into early paradise.

Thus, I carry my camera around the yard and snap a photo or two of things that sort of bloom helter-skelter. I hope the heavy blooming Iris varieties hold off another couple of weeks so that I can share some beautiful images of the "Orchid of the Midwest."