Hardening Plants 5-11-14Today the sun will rise at 4:48 am, and it will set 18 hours 21 minutes later at 10:59 this evening. It was warm enough last night that I left the hardening plants out, and I’ll probably get the mints planted this week. Civil twilight doesn’t start until after midnight, and lasts less than 3 hours.

The birch trees are green but unfortunately they are also shedding pollen at a great rate. Birch pollen is high and total tree pollen (including alder, willow and poplar) is very high. I just hope I don’t sneeze during my radiation therapy tomorrow. Certainly I started dripping and sneezing Saturday, and I’m pretty sure it is allergy rather than a cold. Fire danger is still high, though having the trees leafed out should help.