Seasons. What seasons?!
Thanks so much to everyone who wrote and welcomed me to GOY, it has really made me feel like I am part of a community! I love strawberries, so it’ll be interesting to see how they do in the heat and humidity in Houston. This brings me to my topic today – which is to say (and apologies to all Texas natives) that there are really only two seasons in Houston – hot and hotter! Well, maybe I exaggerate but not by much. From November to May the weather is spring-like or fall-like, except for maybe a couple days where it might actually hit 30 F. Beginning in May the heat and humidity increase exponentially and come July we’re hitting temperatures of 100 F, 103 is not uncommon. Yikes!! This is when I fantasize about living in Canada, or visiting Alaska. =) The heat does not break until late October. Having grown up in northern Virginia, where there are actually four seasons, the Texas weather was a biiig adjustment for me, one that I think that – 5 years after moving to Houston – I’m still dealing with. The first year I kept waiting for it to get cold. And waited and waited. Needless to say, it never did. I tried to buy sweet alyssum to plant in late March – there were none to be found anywhere!! I was just totally confused, I didn’t know when to plant what, so for the longest time, I simply didn’t plant anything. Eventually I figured out that spring begins in February, because sweet alyssum, pansies, violas and cyclamen all are in bloom at this time. The azaleas begin to bloom in late February, and will be at their peak in just about a week. If you’re crazy enough to attempt to plant tulips and paper whites in Houston, maybe a daffodil or two, (and some people do) they do bloom but just for about a week or so. Paper whites last a bit longer, the tulips barely make it to a week. It’s just a different pace…this crazy Texas weather!
- 4 Mar, 2008
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