Central MD - I saw a wooly caterpillar (or some call it a woolybear caterpillar) on Sunday in my garden. It was completely BROWN. Not a hint of black anywhere on it. Folklore would say that means we are going to have an almost non-existent winter. I somehow doubt that. But we'll see.
I had previously reported that we had no mullien in our central CO area. Well, it has come back and caught up. Now the stems on many of the plants are 3' to 4' tall, which would suggest a winter with a lot of precipitation if the old wives tale is accurate.