We harvested our first cutting of fresh garden asparagus last week and the rhubarb is nearly ready.  Our record-breaking early spring has upset my internal clock, but the fresh produce is appreciated.  We may have another cutting of asparagus for Easter Sunday dinner.

The local weather forecaster in Peoria reported that March was on average over ten degrees warmer than normal, which brought out the apple blossoms and tulips a month ahead-of-time.  The perennials are breaking ground faster than I can uncover them from their winter mulch.  Even the Lilly of the Valley looks ready to bloom and I was surprised to see white blossoms on the every-bearing strawberries running through the mint bed.  

As we return to more normal temperatures for the next two weeks of early April, I am hoping frost doesn’t sting our early blossoms.  Normally, the last frost date in Illinois can be as late as Mother’s Day.  It would be helpful if our abnormally warm March would remain long enough to ease Spring gracefully into a normal summer.  But then, is any weather normal for Illinois?


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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  1. Your rhubarb is that big already???!!!! Mine is only about three inches high!!!

    • Sharon L. Clemens says:

      Yup! Can you believe it? I think we are about 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Cooler temps next several days. Back to “normal”?

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