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Now on to Spring
We rarely get a decent Spring, and jump from bitter Winter right into the heat of Summer. It is like a bad joke some years. This year is especially finicky with temperatures in the eighties in mid-March and the buds rushing to bloom. In fact, we have had consecutive days of record highs up to the mid-eighties, putting garden plants up to a month ahead of schedule. Now if you follow GWGT here, you can see that is almost suicidal for many of the Spring flowers. They bloom one day, and the next is sayonara, see you next year. But wait, the heat is not all that stricken the delicate petals, we have snow and ice to come.
The temperatures quickly dropped as expected back into the twenties, so many of the flowers shown from last year may not be back this year. The plants most affected will be the fruiting trees, but some perennials made an appearance a little too soon. The plants should be fine, but just not produce flowers if the buds got chilled.
Hard hit were the Magnolias and I have had clients reporting the trees prematurely losing the flowers. The Magnolias will be fine for the following year, but flowers were frosted and many dropped the petals.
But honestly, I did nothing other than pick a few flowers to bring indoors, and the hyacinths and tulips that remained outside fared pretty well. But wait again… now the snow is back and you will see our March in the next post, Monthly Weather Calendar, March 2012.
Don’t you just love the micro world of Spring, looking closely as the fairies see it? It takes on another world’s view. Just take two minutes to enjoy Spring from my garden (mostly) in 2011 in the video below. If buffering plagues you, click the YouTube logo at the bottom right of the video and it plays right from YouTube with no delays, but it is not quite as clear an image. I have cable as an internet provider so the video plays fine here.
One hundred images will be over in a blink of an eye.
Oh, if you want to feel like Spring and get those Happy Feet moving, I made the video to the song Springtime, by Imagination Movers. I wish I could have posted it with the music, but that is forbidden. I could not even find the song anywhere on the web for you to enjoy. They are a Disney band for kids, and I got my copy on iTunes. Get the song for your kids, it is bouncy and fun. And don’t miss the last installment of the March Calendar up next. Life in the North is so unpredictable.
See the other blossoms over at The Weekly Sunday Post, by Jake Sprinter.