Ministry of Controversy

Oh NO!

As a Catholic by birth, however, I am well aware that I will pay for such subversive thoughts and decadent enjoyments.  Now, hints are appearing of the form that payment will take.  The Saratogian reported this week that warm temperatures are threatening the local apple crop.  The fruit is a thousand times more delicious, by the away, than anything you can buy in a supermarket, and we are not even mentioning the hot cider and cider donuts at Saratoga Apple.

Even worse is this AP story about some research conducted on field mustard: apparently annuals, which complete their life cycle in a season, turn out to adapt to adverse weather conditions extremely rapidly.  Makes sense.  The problem is, many weeds are annuals.  So global warming may favor weeds while hitting plants that take a long time to reproduce, such as shrubs and trees, very hard indeed. 

Loosestrife_022 All I can say is, God help me.  (See photo at left for proof that divine intervention is called for.) Of course, most vegetables are annuals, too, so they will adapt rapidly to our increasingly carbon-choked climate.  We’ll still be able to grow beautiful broccolis and peas, even as the apple trees are failing around us.  That is, if we can manage to locate them among the various sowthistles and pigweeds running roughshod over our gardens.

Posted by on January 12, 2007 at 6:18 am, in the category Ministry of Controversy.
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6 responses to “Oh NO!”

  1. Pam J. says:

    “sowthistles and pigweeds running roughshod” What a great phrase! Try saying it several times real fast.

  2. Eliz. says:

    I’ve heard reports of forsythia blooming and daffs coming up in Western New York.

  3. Snowdrops are about due in the next weeks in this Washington (Dc that is) – my February Gold daffs may beat their deadline though and I see my groundcover vinca has not stopped blooming since September. Odd yes, but wacky weather is nothing new when El Nino rules.

  4. Michele Owens says:

    Well, I’d credit El Nino, Kathy, but we’re breaking records here in upstate New York that are as old as the record-keeping itself.

    Generally, I don’t see ANYTHING in my yard before mid-April, including snowdrops.

  5. Just to throw an odd wobble into the global warming mix because I can, New England is not the only place with strange happenings.

    My beloved Philippine Poinsettia, Euphorbia luecocephala is induced to bloom by the shortening day length. It has nothing to do with temperature. Usually it is in full bloom by Halloween and done before New Years. It was three weeks late to bloom this year and is just beginning to fade now, two weeks into the new year.

    A chemical clock in the plant that measures day/night length is what induces Poinsettias to bloom. I am no physicist or astronomer but that should mean that day length has shifted in some manner.

    Has the tilt of the earth’s axis that is the cause of seasons shifted. Did the Indonesian quake that caused the tsunami and jolted the entire planet cause an odd wobble in our orbit.

    There is even evidence that the magnetic field that surrounds the earth and protects us from most of the ultra-violet rays of the sun may be about to flip, moving the magnetic North Pole around a bit before it completely reverses making north south. It has done this many times over the course of geologic time.

    This is not to dispute global warming, but in such a complex system that has done dramatic changes over and over there may be more than a little extra CO2 in the atmosphere playing with our heads.

    Remember this is the first time humans will have been around to witness and discuss such things in a scientific way on a global basis.

    Now spin that around on your little beanie hat.

  6. Michele Owens says:

    Christopher C, you ARE a valuable correspondent! I assure you, my beanie hat is spinning, and I will soon be rifling through back issues of New Scientist to see what they say about the earth’s axis and magnetic poles.

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