Fog can form when cold air moves over warmer ground. Gray foggy mornings have been with us now and then in Seattle. Despite popular belief, it’s not foggy or rainy all the time here, especially in winter. But this is our wet season. No snow so far, only intermittent light rain. We go back and forth between rain and sun breaks, foggy mornings and sunny afternoons. Days average in the 50s, with some near 60. There’s been a real dearth of snow in the mountains this year and skiing is not good or nonexistent. I frequently go out in a sweatshirt. This is winter?
The plants have taken notice of the warm winter too. I see leaf buds greening on the Spirea, which seems early to me. The winter bloomers — Hellebores, Daphne and Sarcococca have been out on cue, but the Brunnera seems outright crazy to be putting out tiny flowers already. That’s about two months early. Maybe it’s a sign that I can start my vegetable garden earlier this year!