Monday, October 22, 2012
Folklore states that you can tell the severity of the coming winter by looking at the amount of black on woolly bear caterpillars. More black than brown means a colder winter, more brown than black means a milder winter.
Looking at this little fellow, it seems we will have a mild winter. We had a mild winter last year.
It seems to me our autumn has been mild. We have had a few morning frosts, but the afternoons seem warm. We still have spinach and kale in the garden. We put our garlic bulbs in over the weekend. Most of the leaves have fallen, though we have one small maple the is at peak color.
I'll have to watch what happens to see if the woolly bear folklore rings true . . .