Before there was a fixed calendar, the new moons were announced when they were spotted from a mountain southeast of Shiloh, near today's Kochav Hashachar. If the end of Shvat seemed too middle of winter, and the winter hadn't been long enough, then there was a good chance that at the end of Adar, there would be another Adar. Today when my friends and I were down in Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh for our Rosh Chodesh Prayers, we discussed it. Many of us agree that especially since there now is a fixed calendar, and nobody is in suspense whether it is a leap (pregnant as it's said in Hebrew) year or not, I think two months of Shvat make more sense.
The trees and flowers today seem much more like Shvat than Adar.
|If you look carefully, you'll see some flowers|