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It’s here. We nearly missed it.

March 20, 2012
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We left 5 days ago in early spring weather, but arrived home late today, the first day of spring, to find the season nearly passed us by. At 84 degrees, this is the 7th straight day of at or over record temps in Chicago. The same is forecast for tomorrow. No one wants to contemplate the summer to follow such a spring.

Tulips mingle with hellebores. Magnolias are in full blossom! And our neighbor’s cherry tree bloomed today. We marveled at it from the back porch, with a cold glass of wine after dark. I know this is happening all over (the phenology, but maybe the wine, too), but the shared experience makes it no less startling.

Chicago is USDA Hardiness Zone 6a, and the average last frost date is April 25.

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