Springtime Daze

Spring: the shortest, busiest season of the year.

Sprng forward...right into summer?
Sprng forward...right into summer? | Source
These were the blossoms on this springs plum tree and it is loaded with plums which will ripen in the summer sun.
These were the blossoms on this springs plum tree and it is loaded with plums which will ripen in the summer sun. | Source
One of the hundreds of roses to be enjoyed around our home this year.
One of the hundreds of roses to be enjoyed around our home this year. | Source
The rose variety (Joseph's Coat) each of whose blossoms changes from yellow to pink to red before dropping its petals.
The rose variety (Joseph's Coat) each of whose blossoms changes from yellow to pink to red before dropping its petals. | Source

“Spring ahead; Fall back.”

We reset the clocks in most states “to give us more hours of daylight.” (Though, in fact, the return of the sun to our hemisphere is what is giving us more light…and heat.)

Now what do we do with it?

It used to be that school vacations were timed to allow the farm families to all be involved with the planting, haying, and animal husbandry. “All hands on deck” so to speak.

Some regions of some states still make a break in classes available to coincide with the hunting season, or the potato harvest, etc., in the fall.

Now we see “summer vacation” more as a time to play, or (if you can find one) a time to earn some extra income for school expenses and fun.

Good luck on that intent with jobs as hard to find as they are, even for adults, some of whom are already working two jobs just “to make do.”

As ingrained as “summer vacation” has become, it is unlikely that it will be changed any time soon, though there are some school districts now with “year ‘round school” which incorporates more short breaks during the year. Perhaps that will be a thing of the future, especially considering how much learning seems to get “lost” during the long summer, and the fact that by the end of the long summer most students are anxious to go back to school.

Here in the Rocky Mountains we claim that there is no real “springtime” and hardly any “fall”, the year being more like “six months of winter and six months of summer”

On the other hand, our last winter was almost a prolonged fall, and this springtime is an unusual contest between wintry cold and summer roast!

The roses, lilacs, crocuses, daffodils, and fruit trees, however, seem to have the seasons figured out. They’ve blossomed on their own schedules which found the right niche for each one, and kept the bees alive and happy.

Likewise, the hummingbirds and swallows showed up at the edge of the advancing warmth and didn’t get suckered into showing up while the cold fronts intruded at the start of spring.

Now these few remaining days called springtime will have to face off with summer. The highs yesterday broke all-time records, and the high today in the mid-90’s will do so again.

Springtime is just this brief season where we can still sleep with a blanket by opening the windows at night, and shut the windows in the mid-morning before turning on the swamp coolers and air conditioners during the day.

Enjoy it while it lasts, and get the gardens planted before you really don’t want to be out there… unless you are tubing down a cool but lazy river.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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flashmakeit profile image

flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

I planted my garden already it just taking a long time to grow. Thank for the delightful story and I hope you take some pictures of those hummingbirds.


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

I love Spring. The birds start to sing. I have planted my garden, the sun becomes warmer. It is just beautiful.


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wetnosedogs 4 years ago from Alabama

Sometimes it seems Alabama hardly has a spring-almost jump right into summer with lots of humidity. Spring is wonderful.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

spring was like waking up to a great day


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

flashmakeit: Hoeing miine today and lots of water. My wax beans were slow to erupt, but I had some showing today, so they are okay, too. Strawberries. spinach, zucchini, beets, potatoes, and cucumbers are doing well, too. Food for the table before I know it!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Michele Travis: Three cheers for us gardners: Hip, Hip, and Woohah! What did you plant?


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

wetnosedogs: I added some more photos but you may have seen them on some other Hub before. Is Fort Rucker in AL with lots of the ARmy's air corps buzzing around, stirring up the humidity? I can remember sweating some there a number of years ago. Enjoy spring while it lasts.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Mhatter99: A very appropriate comment about spring from a M(ad)Hatter! New photos here.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

In this part of the world I would love to have temps in the 90s. It's June and it seems that fall is coming not summer. This morning we have 57°F and we'll be lucky if we make it to the high 60s. We planted cucumbers and peppers on a warmer afternoon. Now they are out there in the garden with jars over them just so they don't die out. If we get at least a handful of hot days I'll jump for joy. Your garden sounds wonderful.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Voted up, awesome, beautiful and interesting. I too share your love and appreciation for this time of year. The Joseph Coat roses are gorgeous. I have my gourmet lettuce plants, tomatoes, cucumbers, red/white onions, cabbage, squash, zucchini and a variety of other vegetables planted. The garlic I planted in October is coming nicely and should be ready sometime in July. Dinner plate Dahlias and gladiolas are in the ground, as are some new roses. The day lilies are getting ready to blossom and the Primrose is showing off its red petals. Yes siree, this is a wonderful time of year.


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picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

Such a feel good hub! I look out to see my garden growing nicely and lillys blooming.This time of year is my favorite. Vote up


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phdast7 4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

What a lovely, lovely essay. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Here in Georgia we have two months of spring (Mar/Apr), five months of Summer (May through Sept) two and a half months of fall and two and a half months of winter. I would like more of anything but summer. Constant heat and humidity are pretty grim. I don't know how the people on the Gulf Coast stand it. :)


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

phdast7 : It was so hot down there on the Gulf Coast that they didn't even consider removing the BP Oil Spill by burning it...too much added heat. They do get a Gulf Coast breeze from time to time, even hurricane force!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

picklesandrufus: Enjoy it while it lasts. Part of your enjoyment is the fact that you had something to do with the way it looks!


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: Don't feel bad. Northern Utah had an inch of snow yesterday. No snow or freezing here, just 73 mph wind gusts that pruned the some of the ripening plums, cherries, and apricots we had.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

pagesvoice: I agree with you. The best part is when the garden is finally planted, almost producing, and the seeds for the second crops of some vegetables are already in the ground. Then we can sit back and watch what our senior partner can do to make everything perform.


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pagesvoice 4 years ago from New York/Pennsylvania border

Aah...great minds work alike.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

pagesvoice: Time to pick some cherries, water some plants, mow some tall grass, and then there will be time to think...I think.


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raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

love the flowers...


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

raciniwa: Me, too, but it takes some care and then they express their thanks with a beautiful smile.

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