Summer's Almost Here! Yep, it's official!

Proof that summer is almost here! - This is undisputable truth that gardening season is right around the corner. *GRIN*
@mentalward (14695)
United States
February 28, 2010 5:09pm CST
It's just around the corner now. I'm so excited! It won't be long before I'm out there doing my gardening. We can see the deer moving around in the yard! Please see the photo below. Now, what signs are you seeing that prove the seasons are changing? If you are a gardener, are you getting excited? (By the way, this isn't real. We can actually see about half of our ground now! Even though we are having snow showers at this very moment, most of the incredible snow we've had this season is almost gone!!! )
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@LaurenInLA (2272)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I live in southern California so it's always summer here but I'm getting excited too. I just bought 20 flats of snapdragons and pansies and planted them in the yard. The leaves on the rosebushes are turning that particular color that promises buds will be on them soon. We spent some time at the beach a couple of weeks ago, and the dolphins were already playing in the water. I also saw a dolphin which typically we shouldn't see until late March, early April.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Feb 10
Can I come over to play??? What I wouldn't give to be at the beach right now! I saw a robin last month which really confused me because robins are an indication that Spring has arrived, yet the poor thing was looking just as confused as I was, sitting on a tree branch, braving the snow that was coming down. It sounds like you're having an early Spring. I doubt we'll see that here, although the record snow we had this season is melting. There are still piles of snow beside roads that are nearly four feet high but they're slowly melting. I expect it will be time to plant the garden here sometime around June instead of the typical April/May.
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• United States
28 Feb 10
The weather has been strange here this year. Cold, wet and rainy one day and in the 70's with sunshine the next. I don't think that nature knows what to do. Some of our bulbs are already sprouting and I shouldn't see that until April either. Can't complain about the rain though. It's been so dry here for so long that we're on water rationing. We're only allowed to water our lawns on Monday and Thursday and it is mandatory that our usage be cut 15%. I love the beach and to me the best thing about living in southern California is that you can go to the beach year round. You are always welcome to join me. Hop over and we'll take a trip to my favorite, Laguna Beach!
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@miravu (100)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I wish I could feel as optimistic as you about Spring. Like most everyone who's responded, the only thing I see is snow and the only thing I feel is cold. I'm so sick of hibernating!
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@leenie50 (3992)
• United States
28 Feb 10
Hey Sweetie, I still cannot get over how deep the snow is. This has been quite a winter. I haven't seen any signs of Spring yet but it has been the coldest Winter here they say ever. That's hard to believe but it has been unrelenting. We're still packing. We were going to start moving last Friday but the money I was waiting on didn't arrive. Of all times for Ded Ex to screw up. Well tomorrow should be the day. Wish me luck. Big Hugs Leenie
@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi Leenie. I hope you're moved by now and that it went smoothly. At least as smoothly as possible for a move. Please let me know how you're doing when you're settled in because you'll be on my mind until then. MUCH LUCK!!!
@kprofgames (3103)
• United States
28 Feb 10
I wish we could say that here but under the mounds and mounds of snow is still a pretty good layer of ice. Still have spots that are 2 to 3 inches thick on the sidewalk. I have ordered trees already and i'm getting that itch for spring. I wanna get my hands into the dirt and be productive. I'm actually looking forward to hanging clothes on the clothesline, after pick up all the tree damage we had this year first though. Lost a lot of trees this year and branches are everywhere. Been too cold and/or snowing to get things picked up. The clothesline is burried by a snow drift. Some of them out here range from 6 to 12 feet even after a few good days of sunshine. I'm hoping it's not too muddy this year for a garden because in years past it was too late to get a lot of things in like potatoes and such because it too soo long to dry out from all the snow.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
28 Feb 10
Wow! Where do you live? I'm in northern Virginia. We had a total of just under eight feet of snow for the season when we normally get less than a foot. I didn't think I'd ever see the ground again and am worried about the same as you, that the ground won't dry enough to plant the early crops. I have trees sitting just inside the door of our unheated garage and hope they survive long enough to get planted. Normally, by this time, I'd be outside already beginning preparations for my garden but, here I am, stuck inside wondering if I should put off starting my seedlings for a few more weeks because I know the ground is as saturated as it can possibly get. Let's just hope this stuff melts for everyone and we have a month or so without any rain so the ground has a chance to dry out some! Good luck!
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@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
1 Mar 10
el nino - el nino drought
mylot is really a great site since we are able to get a glimpse of what's happening on the other side of the world and share our own experience. It's good to know that you're finally over(almost) with the cold. I have a friend in New York who also showed me the 16 inch snow that accumulated on their doorsteps. Although it looks enticing in the photos, i know it's hard if you are in that situation everyday for a few weeks. But it's totally different view from where i live. In the Philippines, farmers are already seeking the help of the government due to the drought. Hundreds of millions of dollars have been lost already and our water level keeps getting down. Even the Catholic church are including rain in their prayers.
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• China
1 Mar 10
Haha...mentalward, it seems summer isn't coming soon here! But spring is coming now. Last week, it was so warm, so Yulan along roads were blooming, w/ warm breez. It's so exciting!But I'm a little worry about the flowers, as it's colder this week. I'm afraid they're chilled. How poor that I'm not good at gardening! But neighbour on ground floor is a good gardener. He always plants some many flowers on the ground. So we can see the beautifuy flowers every year! Anyway, I'm glad spring is coming! In addition, I can do thinner dress! Good luck!
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• China
1 Mar 10
In my country,the spring is come.most trees I found have a new leaves.and literally turned green.I can feel that the weather is geeting warm.If I am a gardener I will so excited.because I can image if the garden full of the good smake of all kinds of flowers and different kinds and shape trees in the garden,that would be wonderful.
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
1 Mar 10
Yes, summers are almost here. Now a days, we have maximum temperature of around 31 Degrees Celsius and minimum too are around 15 degrees celsius. One almost sweats at times during morning hours, especially if one is going in a vehicle for long distances. Regards
@bing28 (3798)
• Philippines
1 Mar 10
That's a good news from you mentalward, nice to hear Summer is there now urend. Wish you could have your garden now. Here the ooposite, a very warm Summer, with the El nino phenomenon, we have drought.
@polachicago (19073)
• United States
1 Mar 10
we are going to have more snow, but I can feel the spring coming soon. At least days are longer and warmer without arctic cold. I am very happy to see winter almost over. Do you feed your visitors?
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@JenInTN (27564)
• United States
2 Mar 10
I saw that photo and thought GOOD LORD! LOL...you got me good. I can't wait either. It has been a week since I have seen any snow but it is really cold. I hate the cold...at least for extended periods of time. I did read that there will be a lot less mosquitos and bugs to worry about this summer though..
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I hope that's true, Jen! I can't stand the bugs, at least not the pesky ones. I am rather fond of the ladybugs and praying mantis' since they eat the bad bugs. But, I can do without the ticks (we get lots of deer ticks around here for obvious reasons) and mosquitos. Mosquitos aren't a huge problem here, even though we live on a lake. There is an incredible amount of frogs around and I'm sure they help to keep the population down. I'm glad you caught the funny I was trying to make. Not many did! LOL But, seeing the deers heads above the snow is quite encouraging. LOL There was a time this winter when we wouldn't have seen them if they were out there because the snow was so deep. We just had more snow yesterday. Just an inch or so and it melted the same day but, still, I don't want to see any more snow for the next ten years!
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
4 Mar 10
OK I'm a little slow what was the funny? The picture wasn't real?
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
message, it was just not the right time. We had snow that would have been over these deer's heads at one point. Seeing their heads above the snow says it's melting. What isn't real is the timing. When I posted this, we could actually see about half of our ground and maybe 4 or 6 inches remained on the other half.
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
4 Mar 10
I'm just as excited!! I'm starting to see our lawn as well...but worse of all our driveway and yard is full of mud really really bad!! I got two of our vehicles stuck in it today and I feel like it will be forever before all that goes away! But to me it is so worth it!! I am tired of winter and want to get outside walking and playing and just enjoy the weather! I cant wait!!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Yep, mud is what we have, too. A car got stuck at the beginning of our driveway after one of the biggest snowstorms. They were trying to visit neighbors of ours but missed their turn and tried turning around in our driveway. Once the snow melted from the driveway, we saw the damage their car made. We have a HUGE divot in the mud (we have a gravel driveway) at least four feet long where their tire was spinning and a huge pile of mud next to it. We're going to have to smooth out the driveway once all this stuff dries out a bit and have new gravel put down. Our private road is also total mud with no gravel from all the shoveling. Luckily, our house sits at the top of our property, which slopes down to the lake, so there is no sitting water anywhere but it's still awfully muddy. I'm an avid gardener but it looks like I'll have to postpone my gardening this year for at least a few weeks to give this stuff time to dry out some, if it ever does! We're supposed to have temps up into the 50's later this week and I'm sooooooooo excited about that! I'll tell you one thing, if I never see snow again for the rest of my life, I WON'T be complaining!
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@messageme (2821)
• United States
6 Mar 10
I'm with you on the no snow, but then I would have to rethink that around christmas time...Don't know how I would do with no snow for christmas, it just wouldn't feel like it. It could snow the day before and be gone the day after!
@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
2 Mar 10
hi marti. good to hear this good news. and i hope they totally disappear very soon so that you can do and go ahead with what you love to do, gardening... over hear, though the weatherman told it is not yet summer, the temperature is still high, no rains coming and said this is due to el niño. there are reports that in some places in the country, there are fish kills and damage to plants. even chick layers are reported to be in danger due to high level of temperature... still, the weather bureau told that summer will start earlier that scheduled.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi Neil. I hope the temperatures cool down for you some soon! I know what high temps can do. I've lost entire gardens before in years when it was exceptionally hot. It's finally warming up here, little by little. Today should get up to the mid-40's (maybe) and into the 50's by next week. It is still dipping down below freezing at night, though. Normally, by this time, some of our flowers should be poking up out of the ground but, so far, nothing. At least we can see some of the ground now!
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@neildc (17253)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
5 Mar 10
it rained for a minute, about two days ago. but that never even get the ground wet. we need some more rains as most of the waters in dams that hydro electric power plants need it, water levels continue to go down.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
2 Mar 10
We have autumn here now although you wouldn’t know it because it is still very hot. Autumn started on the first of March and it was boiling that day! This year we’ve had the driest and hottest summer since the seventies, apparently. It sounds like you guys had the most snow by the sound of it. Talk about complete opposite state of affairs! I bet you are looking forward to some greenery and sunshine, hope it arrives soon!
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hi Paula. Sometimes, my poor old brain doesn't want to think that you guys have the opposite weather from us. When we have Winter, you have Summer. I've forgotten what hot is like! What I would LOVE to do is to ship you a bunch of our snow when you're so hot down there. Maybe attach some of our cold temperatures, too. This year has proved to be exceptionally bad with much colder temps and about 10 times the snow we normally get. I can see a lot of our grass now, although it's still dormant, waiting for warmer weather to start growing. Hopefully, the weather people are correct and we'll see temps in the 50's by next week. Hopefully, also, this snow may just be all melted by then. I'm so very sick of snow!!! I could go the rest of my life without seeing any more.
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@unuzzz (1274)
• Indonesia
1 Mar 10
hi mentalward.. :) that's a nice picture you posted, i had no idea that the deers are the sign for summer.. i live in a tropical island, and there's no nature signs like that recently, the weather has changed a little.. the summer should be here around mid february, but it's still raining till now.. i can't wait for summer too, as i wanna go to the pool for swimming and sunbathing.. yohooo..! anyway, have a great summertime for you.. thanks !
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Deer aren't the sign for summer. It was being able to see their heads above all the snow that says summer is coming. We got about eight feet of snow this winter, in total, MUCH more than normal. I feel like we're living in the North Pole instead of Virginia, USA. I've often thought about living in a tropical place because gardening is my passion. Our winters normally get too cold for tropical fruits and they are my favorite fruits. So, I have to buy them at the grocery store where they're pretty expensive. But, I don't know if I could handle worrying about hurricanes or typhoons. I've been through a few in my life and know they can be pretty nasty. Spring is actually right around the corner here. March 20th is when Spring officially gets here. Summer is in June. So, the picture with the deer is a bit of a joke, since we've had so very much snow this year.
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@rdadey (484)
• Canada
1 Mar 10
I live in Newfoundland, Canada and this is one mild winter for us. Normally, we are up to our eyeballs in snow but not this year. We've been hovering around the 32 degree Fahrenheit temperatures mostly all winter and we should be in the teens mostly. I have seen more rain this winter than all my other winters combined. Do I like it? Hell yeah. I hate shoveling snow and freezing temps. It does look like we'll be soon getting some snow this week but the temps will be above freezing so it won't last long.
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@mentalward (14695)
• United States
4 Mar 10
Hey, there! Long time no see! I'm glad to hear that you've had a mild winter. I guess we got your weather and you got ours because, normally, we don't get nearly this much snow. Less than a foot. We've had no rain at all except for about a week ago. But, we just got more snow yesterday! Looks like I may have to move to Canada to get away from all this snow.
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
1 Mar 10
Summer's not my favorite but if it's anything like last year, I'll welcome it! It was the 2nd coolest summer in 50 years here, there were folks wearing sweatshirts on the fourth of July! I can hardly wait till May when I can plant my garden and put some flowers in the ground. My son came for a visit on Friday and the roads were fine. By the time we left the airport for the house, the freeways were an icy mess and traffic was just crawling. Next day most of it melted but that night we had another inch of snow. Today it got up to 40 and a lot of the new stuff went away. I just want the weather to make up its mind!!
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@dragon54u (31638)
• United States
1 Mar 10
I just saw your comment about robins--they've been here in Southwestern Ohio all winter!! Everything is confused this year.
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@pandaeyes (2068)
1 Mar 10
It was a lovely day today. Really sunny. I hung washing out for the first time this year. I didn't even wear a coat in the garden. The temperature outside right now is 9 degrees centigrade and it is about 2 hours after sunset.
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• United States
1 Mar 10
I am also extremely excited, I live in New York City, and even when we don't get as much as snow like in upstate New York, the suburbs and the Midwest, this winter has been horrible, I just heard in the TV that only in february we have had 30 inches of snow, so there is snow everywhere in the street, now it is starting to melt, but I really hated this winter, I can't wait for the summer, I am so excited, to go out without wearing coat and hats and scarf, and we will be able to go to the beach.
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@mzz663 (2775)
• United States
1 Mar 10
We still have a lot of snow here and I can't wait until summer get here! I know down south, you get spring a couple weeks before we do up here. I never liked the winter and am waiting for the snow and ice to melt. I seen a great big flock of birds flying over yesterday and it reminded me of how I like waking up in the mornings in the spring and summer hearing them....hopefully it isn't much longer until we get some nice weather and sunshine here!
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