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Punxatawny Phil is a fickle Pennsylvania furball, chuckl. Only one allowed to dig up roses and flower gardens at will and get clean away with the dirty deed. Tsk, tsk...winter isn't done , but Spring is warming up across the south and promising to be hot and dusty enuff this summer to be hard on plants.
I voted no, winter is on its way out and spring is around the corner. Thinking positively. And, since I'm not anywhere near Puxta-whatever and we have no groundhogs, that silly superstition doesn't really apply to me.
Oh well , with the sun shining on occasion , he will see his shadow ,, he saw it last year , and we had the earliest spring ever ,,, Even folklore ain't the same any more ,...Go figure ,,, Goofy weather... lol
I don't know about Phil and his shadow, but my daffodils say spring is here! Close up of swollen daffodil buds below. Those will surely open very soon. (FYI, the tiny white flowers are from the adjacent tea olive shrub.)
Feb will feel like it should be March- Texas Santa Anas were blowing when i leftthe state, too dry too early this year- we still wont have to wait for April til Spring sneaks in the door, and yes I have seen 100*+ on April 1, in N Tx...
Yesterday I went out shopping in a sleeveless shirt (no jacket), and now here it is 32F and dropping (in the early AM). Like a roller coaster ride. Warm when climbing the hills, cold at the bottom. Repeat. Repeat. Those daffodil buds are still swelling and coloring up, so I still say spring is on, no shadow for Phil.
Gorgeous lemons Reynardine.
When (what day) do we actually consult Phil on this? Anybody know?
Edited to add: Never mind. Today's article on the subject answered that question. Apparently, it's TODAY!
I think Puxatawney Phil may be favoring the South in his "prediction" this year. We have started seeing tiny frogs and lizards the past week or so...but our weather has been a rollercoaster this year. We had 81 high/68 low and a couple days later it was 55 for the high and 34 for the low temp...the Japanese Magnolias are in full bloom, and I have hyacinths and daffodils up. The daylilies are breaking dormancy as are the ornamental grasses and brugmansias...poor plants are as confused as we are...grin
Yesterday I was out for a walk in the neighborhood when I was shocked to see several azalea bushes in full bloom several doors down. Needed a camera to record that one. Maybe on my next walk. Probably not today as it looks like rain.
As to Phil favoring the South...our low last night was 47 and today it is 69 and sunny with a breeze...sounds like Spring to me...but the plants and I have been fooled before...in 2010 we had a freak snow in February.
The "Groundhog Day" movie played all day, February 2nd. And, I DID watch it!!!!
NED, "THE HEAD!!!"
Anybody besides me notice all the plastic surgery Andie McDowell has had since that movie? And, I actually LIKED her naturally wavy hair. Now, it's bone straight for the Loreal Preference commercials...
I'm guessing that maybe when we see her with straight hair, it's just temporarily straightened; ya know, like with a blow dryer and brush, maybe? I've seen her in more recent photos with her curly hair. I've always been a big fan of hers, and always loved her curly hair.