March 12, 2017
It is the start of daylight saving time today. We woke to bright sunlight and an outdoor temperature of 3 degrees F. While that level of cold does not make one think of the start of spring, twelve hours of daylight does. In the end, the light—not the cold—will win out; new growth, though hard to see, is already on the way.
I figured the spate of cold weather was keeping our crabapple trees dormant for a few more days and that provided a chance for some needed pruning. While I had to wear full winter gear including snowshoes, this, for me, was a welcomed early-spring task.
Sliced, the fruit tree shoots
drop onto hard crusted snow—