Those who know more than I about weather and plants and such things, say this long slow start to Spring is good for all the growers and I will take their word for it. I am just impatient and I do know they're right.
On my travels, I see that the willows and alders are yellowing, a sure sign of our best season. Everyday, there are more and more little bits of green sticking up out of the cold, cold earth and I must fight with myself not to go out and scrape away the detritus that is protecting them. The ducks are returning to our ponds, the turtle doves are mating and the geese are flying overhead in great numbers. The grass is even just barely green and it must be good - every morning and evening our little herd of 9 deer grazes eastward and then westward on it. If only they could be trained to eat weeds! Up here in the Owego Alps, we have no buds on the trees, but down in the valley, by the river, they are suddenly discernible.
Oh drat, another tea I am not impressed by. Another sample from World Tea East, which will be in Atlanta this year. This is a Jasmine Green sample from the Lotus Leaf Artisan Tea Collection, www.lotusleaftea.com It is a teabag, of the pyramid nylon type. I brewed it with water about 170 degrees for about 2 minutes. At first it had a rather peculiar aroma, reminiscent of seaweed, but with no hint of jasmine. I am sorry to say it did not taste very good. I don't think the tea type and the jasmine went well together. It could also be my fault, for waiting so long to try it, even though I did have it sealed up, even beyond their individual wrapper. I have some other samples I got from them, so I'll try some others.