The leaves haven't completely fallen off the oak and ginkgo trees, but the weeping cherry tree and azaleas are trying to bloom. The grape hyacinths, daffodils, even an Easter lily that I plunged into my garden last spring have all sent new shoots above the soil. People may be enjoying the shirtsleeve weather that has prevailed this fall, but it's throwing trees and flowers out of whack.
Glorioski, it's December, and while the pyracantha, bittersweet and hollies have never been more abundantly decked with berries, the violets and dandelions look pretty silly at their feet. The colors and textures of spring flowers are too delicate for this time of year; they're grotesque against the coarse dried grasses and sturdy berries of late autumn.
They (and we) are in for a rude surprise when winter weather does finally come. The flowers of the trees and shrubs will be zapped by the hard freezes and turn brown overnight, diminishing next spring's show by a little. I'm betting that the dandelions -- the cockroaches of the weed and flower world -- won't be noticeably reduced. And it's going to take some sustained cold weather to check the chickweed and creeping Charlie that is metastasizing from garden to lawn and back.