Since Robb and I have lived in the Bay Area, we've noticed that we get an unseasonably warm week every February. It's a nice break from winter. Everyone gets to run around in short sleeves, and spirits are high.
But this year, I'm actually a bit nervous about the weather. The fruit trees are blooming, far too early. Glancing back at previous blog entries, it seems to me that we're two weeks ahead of schedule.
Our young pluot tree is covered in blooms, which I imagine will all be knocked off when normal winter returns. I can't imagine that any of these blossoms will be pollinated, meaning that no fruit will set.
Our plum tree is also just about to erupt into bloom. I should be delighted, but instead I'm filled with dread.
I've read so much about the disruption of the natural seasonal cycles, thanks to global climate change. Birds migrating, only to find that the food they need isn't available yet. Fish moving to colder waters, causing starvation among seabirds.
I'm trying not to worry about my tiny orchard, but I'm not optimistic.
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