anemone patens http://hppr.org en A Winter's Gift http://hppr.org/post/winters-gift <p></p><p>The lines drawn this year between winter and spring have been hazy at best.&nbsp; Days of warm weather in March and April are typical, usually followed by some frosty days and occasional hard freezes.&nbsp; But, this year took the cake and a few records, as the swing between winter and spring began to resemble a yo-yo championship.&nbsp; Warm days invited gardeners outdoors just in time to get slapped in the face by cold rains that quickly turned to sleet, ice, and snowfall that was record breaking in many areas, and this weather pattern repeated itself not once but several times.&nbsp; Some High plains communities were snowbound while others saw blowing dust and hard freezes that wiped out future fruit harvests and wheat crops.&nbsp; But, into this made mix a little hope must fall, and it did this year, in my yard with the arrival of the Eastern pasque flower, also known by its old-timey name of Anemone Patens. Thu, 02 May 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Skip Mancini 15368 at http://hppr.org A Winter's Gift