How were we to know there would be a price to be paid for last week's balmy weather?
Last week, we reveled in the record-high temperatures and were thrilled to see a touch of green on our lawns and color in the trees. But over the weekend, temperatures plummeted, putting many of these new buds at risk.
Now we're being told some won't make it. Some of the magnolia blooms that surprised us with their early appearance were looking particularly dire this week as March departed not like a lamb, but more like a grouch.
"That warm weather got the trees ... thinking spring was here three weeks ahead of schedule," Bob Connors, owner of Connors Farm in Danvers, told a reporter. He fears he may have lost his entire peach crop, and other farms in the area report similar damage.
Guess we were all fooled.