No, this is not about the archaic spring forward, fall back scenario of messing up the clocks (especially our bodies' internal clocks), which is also known as Daylight Savings Time, that happens twice a year. It could be, but it's not.
Actually, it is about a phenomenon that has become an unexpected re-occurrence for the third year in a row. When we first took possession of our new (old) house, AKA the "project", it was in May 2010. At that time, we had yellow, deep purple, and lilac irises blooming in the flower beds. Come fall, many of them bloomed again. It was mostly the yellow ones, but a few of the purple ones bloomed as well. Spring twice in one year? Surprisingly, yes! At least, that's what it seemed like.
The following spring, they bloomed again as would be expected. During our second year here, we made landscaping our priority, One small part included landscaping around our water feature. Part of this was the planting of some dianthus, commonly known as "pinks". They usually bloom in the summer, and even though it was the first year, they bloomed right on time. Autumn came, and again the irises bloomed a second time. This time I thought that it might be due to the fact that we had transplanted some of the iris bulbs while working on our yard and flower beds. Perhaps the move had shifted their internal clocks just as we are forced to re-set ours every spring and fall, but I digress. Regardless, we had spring twice last year as well.
This spring, right on schedule the irises bloomed, but also the pinks bloomed as well. Frankly, I was surprised by the timing of their arrival. Usually, pinks bloom a bit later in the season; however, because of the mild winter, I attributed the early flowers to that. By the time, summer came the pinks were long gone, or so I thought. In late September, they, too, bloomed again. As are the irises, or least the hardy yellow ones, some of which had even been chopped down to the ground during a session with the mower.
Another spring has come, if only briefly. Two springs a year? While it is wonderful to have some color, it is also a bit scary as climate change seems to be upon us. Is this to be a pattern that continues? I look forward to the events of next year's spring and autumn.
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