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?