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Monday, March 20, 2017
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We’ve had a fairly warm winter here in the northeast, and the relatively mild weather continued thru most of February. The last two weeks of February were exceptionally warm, getting over 60 degrees for 11 of 21 days thru March 9. With a lack of snow cover, the warmth seeped down thru the soil to where flower bulbs rest, and the spring flowers became convinced that it was wake-up time. The crocuses, daffodils, snowdrops and scilla got going and were beginning to sing their joyful songs of color and rebirth.

However, on March 10 the temps crashed and stayed mostly in the 20s and 30s thru the 17th. Early spring flowers can take a cold night or two, but not a 2-week return to February. So here’s what it looks like to be too far ahead of your time. This last revenge of winter will soon be gone, but unfortunately it robbed us of some of the wonderful early flowers that make surviving the horrible winters all seem worthwhile.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 8:21 am      
 
 


  1. Jim, It’s about a “ditto” here; only I think you probably had a warmer February than we did, altho ours was warm for us. But our spring flowers haven’t made it as far as yours. Ours seem to have said an “I don’t think so” to deciding to pop up; we had it just a tad cooler, it seems.

    However, the weather has been “odd”, to say the least: A “warm” February and now a “cold” March. However, we’ve had cold Marches before too, altho they usually followed an even colder Feb. Hope your spring flowers find a way to rejuvenate themselves. MCS

    [MARY — hopefully there’s more where they came from. It’s 55 degrees today and the snow from the recent mini-blizzard is melting, and I saw some purple scillia. All the sweeter to see them against the backdrop of melting snow!]

    Comment by Mary S. — March 20, 2017 @ 10:41 am

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