A winter storm watch has been issued. I do not recall ever experiencing substantial snowfall in May, when the lilacs have bloomed, at Mother’s Day. Doug vaguely recalls one time when we were children, frozen trees cracking in mass. Temperatures in the twenties, hovering in the thirties, blizzard conditions; all rather surreal. Yet, this Mother’s Day, on what was to be our first market of the season, a winter storm is coming.
Friends on social media rejoice. “How fun!” they exclaim. One more day of snowmen and hot chocolate. Perhaps a bus ride in slushy snow or a day by the fire. To farmers and avid gardeners, it is a day of probable detriment. Things folks that purchase food from the grocery store are not even aware of.
At Sandy’s house, my friend who graciously allows me to harvest herbs and fruits from her large plot, the trees hold handfuls of dainty flowers. Full dresses of fruit-to-be. The sour cherries that I made cherry cordial from last year, the Asian pears that I canned pear sauce from, the crisp apples, the gooseberries that became jam. A substantial storm could simply take the flowers down. Fruit may not grow this year.
Indeed the potatoes beneath their earthen blanket shall thrive, the tiny bok choy and radish seedlings, the onions, the perennials shall drink in the rich water and thrive come the first sunny day.
The fruit trees we will watch and pray. A farmer’s competition and adversary…and friend and companion….is Mother Nature. May she be kind this Mother’s Day.