The weather in Oklahoma is notoriously erratic, especially in the spring. Will Rogers once quipped, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change." That is true year round, but our spring weather is usually a combination of sunny days bordering on hot and icy days that threaten to kill all of our hopes for an early garden. And of course the wind can be refreshing or totally destructive. Although we are now plagued by daily earthquakes, it is still the threat of tornadoes that is forever linked to our state’s reputation.
Yesterday our local temperature reached 75 degrees; predictions for the rest of the week range from 55 to 80. The temptation is to start gardening…plant some seeds, put the potted plants back on the porch, buy bedding plants. But I hear my grandfather’s words in my head, “Don’t plant anything until after St. Patrick’s Day”. So I’ll continue to be patient even though my daffodils are blooming. The promise of spring is evident, but winter hasn’t finished its reign.