In March it was 80 degrees and the perennials broke dormancy early. Now it is April and back more in the normal range with freeze advisories the past two nights and frost again tonight. So temps are normal now but spring is still way ahead of its usual pace.
The most bizarre thing, however, is how little rain we have received. I don't think we got even an inch in March. And definitely no snow. Today I got out my soaker hose for the garden plus hauled gallons of water out to places not reached by the hose.
I thought my hydrangea plant was looking thirsty today -- they tend to wilt when it's dry. Then I looked more closely and realized that it has a severe case of frostbite. It got too enthusiastic in March's heat and has now been nipped back in April.
It's not as though we haven't had our usual spring thunderstorms and even tornadoes in the area. But for us they have been all bark and no bite -- as Jude says: "clouds without rain, blown along by the wind".
I don't want to say this too loudly -- April has the record for most days of consecutive rain in Indiana -- but we sure could use some April showers for our May flowers.