Monday, August 17, 2009

What are the seasons where you garden?

Brad of Rooted in California says that in his locale, the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area, seasons are different:

I've often thought California needed new seasons. The classic four have nothing to do with us. Here they would be Rain, Warm/Green, Fog, Warm/brown, Clear/Chill and then back to Rain.
I really enjoyed thinking about Brad's definitions, and then I wondered about gardeners in other regions that don't fall in the classic (Northern European?) seasons of summer, autumn, winter, and spring. I'd love to hear from other gardeners: What are the seasons where you garden?

5 comments:

Randy Emmitt said...

Town Mouse,

Our seasons would be; cold but not too cold, wet and starting to get steamy, hot, hotter and humid, and sweet fall.

susie said...

I think Southern CA where we are could be described as, warm with cool nights, hot & windy, cool with cooler nights, & April/May/June gloom. Hopefully....please, please, please, a little scattered rain.

healingmagichands said...

Oh we have four seasons. Here in the Ozarks there is a definite, spring, fall, summer and winter. I particularly like that there is a true winter so I get flowers on peonies and daffodils, both of which require a certain amount of below freezing weather to set blossoms. I suppose an argument could be made for there being a fifth season, the dry hot, between summer and fall, except this year that season has not occurred.

lostlandscape (James) said...

I was born in the tropics where there were three seasons: hot and dry, cool and dry, and the rainy monsoon season. As a kid I was taken with the idea that there was a place where there were four and not three seasons. I guess it's yet another example of Western European (and eastern American) hegemony. For me the California seasons seem to be gradual transitions that pass through cool/occasionally moist, warming /overcast, warm and clear, hot and drying (fire season), and finally back to cool/moist. But sprinkled in that seem to be those surprising days where you have no idea where you are in the year, when a scorching day melts all your seasonal receptors...

ryan said...

I like Brad's terms and have a variety I sometimes use. I use wet season or rainy season and dry season pretty often. The work pretty well.
I also sometimes talk about foliage season and straw season, because a lot of the plants we use are green for a period and then more straw colored during the dry.