Saturday, May 17, 2008

It's Really, Truly Spring (knock on wood)

I tend to be a bit of realist (some might say pessimist) about Michigan winters. As a home gardener, I've had my heart broken numerous times. I think it's spring.... then winter reappears.

But... dare I say it? ... I think spring has finally come.

We had a lovely spell of warm weather early in April, following by some cooler temperatures. That's good -- you don't want the spring blossoms to open and fall too quickly. But, of course, you don't want the temperatures to be too cool!

It's been a beautiful spring.

Right now, the little clusters of grapes are popping out. Soon the vineyards will be green.

The final question remains.... do I dare plant my tomatoes at home? Is it really, truly spring?

Where did April go?

April was a blur.

It's the third year Governor Granholm has designated April "Michigan Wine Month," and certainly the busiest. At one point, I had 6 events (mostly off-site) in 7 days!

With the Johnny Cash song in mind... I've been to Clarkston, Livonia, Warren, Berkley, Grand Rapids (several times), Coopersville, Charlotte, Coldwater, Kalamazoo, Jackson, Chelsea, Lansing.... and I can't remember where else...

It's been a great (but tiring) month. We participated in a number of larger wine tasting events, along with two wonderful little events that benefited nonprofit organizations. And our wine is available in several new shops.

Now maybe I'll be able to breathe again.