I wish I still knew the answer to this question. I did this post last year in August without knowing we would have the coldest February on record here in Niagara. We may have topped snowfall in Western New York since the Buffalo area had over seven feet of snow in November alone. Here are some photos of Niagara Falls in Canada on Saturday. That is a lot of ice yet to melt. Our Spring is still on hold, today (Sunday morning) it is 16°F. In Canada, it was frigid on Saturday.
We are 80 miles driving and about 1 hour and 26 minutes to Toronto. They are north and a slight bit west of us around a very big lake. Boat across, and it is a bit over 30 miles across Lake Ontario. We share much of the same weather benefiting from the Great Lakes being that close. I think we are taking the train which will be a nice way to travel. It is over $53 per night to park the car at the hotel, so it will be a great savings too.
The Fling is only a couple of months away and we are still in a snowy Niagara. To get an idea what the attendees might see, let’s look at my garden and why it is a good indicator of bloom times.
What happens in my garden June 5-7 each year might give you an idea of what blooms – even one week later. This time of year is always a surprise. Since it was similar to 2014 this past winter into 2015, maybe the likeliest outcome may be the last gallery in the post, but it all depends on what May brings.
The Toronto Garden Bloggers Fling is scheduled for June 5-7, 2015 which is rather early in the season for us. We do have a wonderful spring most years with much in bloom, yet it is always a flip of the coin on what part weather plays. There is a bit of changeover when bulbs give way to perennials, even a garden down time.
Let’s see how my garden fared in the last four years as a comparison. Allium is in both the front and back gardens. Just one week later… Allium fizzles yet…
The above gallery is June 12, 2011. Quite a difference in a short week.
2011 had a cold, wet spring. Every plant was behind schedule. This made for a late spring-like garden with lilacs in bloom which usually bloom earlier. One week later and plants popped out all over the gardens.
In our area, it is recommended to wait until after Memorial Day for planting tender plants due to a possible late frost. We have had frosts that late before. Many in our area plant annuals to supplement the perennials as the seasons progress.
Let’s keep looking at my garden for a yearly comparison since home gardens are on the Fling schedule, they will likely have plants similar to what I have for bloom times.
This gallery is the front garden June 5-7, 2012. Where there was barely more than Allium in 2011 during the 5th to the 7th, you can see a host of blooming perennials in 2012 in the front and side gardens. 2012 had a very mild winter, even in January.
See posts from January 2012 for the weather calendar.
But the back gardens…Past peony time yet daylilies have arrived. You can see a big difference in the back garden as the iris is done and the Asiatic lilies are ready to pop. No creeping phlox either, June 5-7, 2012. But roses are flush.
I did not have many photos taken in this time frame in 2013, but you can see peonies and iris were in bloom by the 6th.
A very cold winter kept spring plants waiting. When it did warm up, at least it was hot enough to push plants into fast growth. Peonies are yet to open on the 5th, but creeping phlox and lilacs are past prime, iris are blooming, and lots of sage. This is a good time to show the next week too where the garden was much more in bloom. Here are photos from the 12th to the 16th below.
What was different about 2014 – was a very slow start to the growing season like 2011, but when it warmed up plants went out of regular bloom times and bunched up on each other rather quickly. This made for a very colorful late June, even later and more colorful than the gallery shown below of mid-June. To see late June, see Garden Progress – The End of June.