Strange, unseasonable weather in our canyon

On the seventeenth of November, we had our first light frost — not even a killing freeze, but enough to make the super-sensitive nasturtiums droop but not enough to hurt the tomatoes…

Red stripy tomato still planning on more time for ripening its crop.....

Red stripy tomato still planning on more time for ripening its crop…..

After a slight frost, the leaves of the flowers were drooped over, but the flowers were unhurt.

After a slight frost, the leaves of the flowers were drooped over, but the flowers were unhurt.

……This is a month later than prior experience had led us to expect freezing weather.  Why complain, you ask?  Isn’t life good and the living easy, the warmer it gets?  And it is true that we have only had a couple of fires in the Russian stove, because the solar heat the house was designed to take advantage of has served us well — and it is true that apple trees along the roadsides still have abundant fruit that would previously have frozen weeks ago, and our pickings attest to the high quality of late-ripened, tree-aged fruit — we have boxes of good eating and pie apples stored in the cooler.  What is troubling is the fact that we depend on seasonably cold weather to keep the insects under control.  Normally, the freezes will kill a percentage of insect eggs and diapausing, overwintering adult insects, and a cold, rainy spring adds to that brake on the populations of potential pests.   Furthermore, the crops like winter wheat that has sprouted so gloriously and made the hillsides green will need a good covering of snow to protect them when the freezing winds come……..In the canyon, trees like my figs, which are still covered with unripe fruit and leaves just beginning to yellow, have not hardened off properly, the way they would be forced to do by cool weather coming on gradually — they are unprotected should a deep cold front move into the area, but no such change is predicted in the 10-day forecast — which takes us nearly to December.  Anyone who is not seeing these changes and finding them troubling is not attuned to nature.  More’s the pity, when it comes to trying to convince the population to do something real about protecting the earth from abuse by human greed and ignorance!

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