Our 2013 buds “broke” open about April 4 this year. We have bud break with our petite sirah vines much later than growers of other varietals. Buds on chardonnay vines can arrive and open weeks before ours even begin to emerge.
We’ve had a very dry winter this year, and then got a few bursts of unseasonably warm weather last month, which encourages early bud break, even for us. Our rainfall in December was normal at about 4.74 inches, but we’ve had almost no rain since then, which is very unusual.
Now that the buds are out, they are rolling.
The good news is that this early bud break might mean we can harvest a bit earlier in the fall and avoid the frost and the rains.
The other good news is that the weather brings out new life all over the valley.
A few links for you:
A delightful refresher from the lovely Fern & Feather blog.
Elvis from his 1968 Comeback Special when he was so handsome and sexy it might’ve been illegal. Elvis video. This. Makes. Me. Very. Very. Happy.
Meet Ross, a horse from the Navajo nation, who shares his feelings about being a horse in this award-winning video.