We are having a very late spring. Or maybe just a kind of sterile spring. Yesterday morning I was surprised to see a small apple tree in full bloom over in a neighbor's yard. That made me realize that our apple trees — four of them — have basically no blossoms on them at this point, and haven't had any. Looking back at photos I've posted in past years, it appears that the trees should have flowered in April.
At the market, there are hardly any strawberries or asparagus for sale. Maybe there just won't be any this year. It's getting fairly late. April is usually the beginning of the season for these local specialties. It's kind of mysterious to me because we didn't have a cold winter. Or maybe that's the problem — having some cold, freezing mornings in winter is beneficial to a lot of plants. We have had long stretches of unusually wet weather since Christmas. Now it's dry and sunny, but certain signs of spring are just missing. Every year is different, I guess. Maybe there was an April freeze that I didn't notice and that killed buds here and there. I do see good crops of plums on at least a couple of trees around the hamlet.