Business Should Always Come Later

Flower now, the leaves can come later

Flower now, the leaves can come later

83°  The trees in Reno have decided it’s Spring. Some are showing a green tint as new leaves are just breaking out of their buds. Leaves are nice and they perform a vital function in processing carbon dioxide into oxygen.

However, other trees have a different approach to Spring. They don’t bother with leaves until after they put on a show. The flowering trees are bursting out, saying, “Spring is here! We made it!”

Flowering trees need the function of the leaves on their branches just as much as any other tree, but flowering trees know that business can come later, today, we PARTY!

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It’s Not Time!

No! Snow is coming. Don't leaf out yet!

No! Snow is coming. Don’t leaf out yet!

180°  I want Spring to arrive as much or more than most, but February is the wrong month for our trees to decide it’s Spring. Within a few days our plum tree will be leafing out and Global Warming or not, we will have another major snow storm before June.

We have had several days of 60°F plus and the trees don’t know that this is all an evil trick. Trees will leaf out, it will snow, branches will break, ….it’s all happened before. To bad trees can’t be reasoned with, forewarned about what will happen based on our past experience. People, you can warn….but they don’t listen, and they become just like trees.

Waves of Spring

Crocus don't understand Reno Winters

Crocus don’t understand Reno Winters

11°  Spring in Reno is not a one-time event. As the Polar Jet Stream loops down across the Northwestern United States, we experience warm, Spring-like temperatures, followed by high wind, followed by a little precipitation, followed by cold air, followed a few weeks later by another Spring.

Last week was warm, so the next three will be cool. If we get a heavy snow, it will be cold and foggy for two months. That’s Winter and Spring in Reno, Nevada. 

Holiday End Game

The long shadows of Winter on next Spring's mulch

The long shadows of Winter on next Spring’s mulch

45°  The holiday season does not begin or end on a single day. For us the end of the holidays involve several steps. The Christmas tree comes down, the holiday decorations are put away, the holiday dishes are stowed, the outdoor decorations are struck and packed, and the tree is taken to be recycled.

There is no set order in these activities, but usually the last two things accomplished are striking the outdoor decorations and recycling the Christmas tree. Today, both were done and now we can move out of holiday mode and into the long wait for Spring.

I know real Christmas trees are wasteful and incredibly dangerous when they become dry; however, I always regretted when my Mom decided to go with a fake tree. It seemed to make Christmas artificial. It was also about the time that some of the magic of Christmas was lost…only to return with greater power when my children became old enough to discover the excitement and anticipation of December 25th.

We can put this season to bed for another year while the Earth plots another visit to these constellations December next.