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TIME MARCHES ON
It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.
In March winter is holding back and spring is pulling forward. Something holds and something pulls inside of us too.
Cold winds in March are often accompanied by warm sunshine which add a ring of truth to the words of Charles Dickens and making March one of the most confusing months of the year weather-wise. Everybody knows the old expression in like a lamb and out like a lion or visa-versa, which has proven as good as description of this month of change.
Seasons change in March, time changes in March, the landscape changes in March and we all change. We begin to shed our winter layers of clothes and fat and look forward ahead to days ahead to stretch out in the sun and warm air. March is the month of puddles, kites, daffodils, blooming trees, green replacing grey, and longer days of sun and shorter nights of dark.
Sow seeds of warm-season annuals
Set out summer-flowering bulbs
Plant fall-blooming bulbs
Plant ball-and-burlap, container, and bare-root fruit trees
Apply dormant spray to fruit trees before buds swell
Spray apples, peaches, and pears that have been affected with canker problems
Plant bare-root perennial vegetables
Plant seedlings of cool-weather vegetablest
Sow fast-growing warm-season vegetables
Sow seeds for frost-tolerant perennials
Sow seeds for tender perennials
Plant container and bare-root roses
Plant ball-and-burlap, container, and bare-root trees, shrubs, and vines
Plant summer-blooming shrubs and vines
Plant frost-tolerant trees
Plant conifers and broad-leaf evergreens
"There are two days each year when the daytime and nighttime hours are of approximately equal duration -- each being very close to 12 hours long. One occurs between March 19 and 21. It is called the Spring or Vernal Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the Autumnal Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. The other happens in September.
The word "equinox" comes from the Latin wordsaequus (equal) and nox (night)."
The Irish countryside may be many shades of green, but knights in the Order of St. Patrick wore a color known as St. Patrick’s blue. Why did green become so emblematic of St. Patrick that people began drinking green beer, wearing green and, of course, dyeing the Chicago River green to mark the holiday he inspired? The association probably dates back to the 18th century, when supporters of Irish independence used the color to represent their cause. So go ahead and wear blue to honor St. Patrick and green to celebrate the Irish.
March is fickle and hard to predict, but one thing in certain it is a definite sign that spring is near.