What’s blooming? Everything. NOW! It’s crazy beyond reason but to be expected after this weather pattern we’ve been experiencing. To think that normally we hope for 60’s so it will feel warm outside and this year it’s hoping for 60’s so it will feel cool outside. It’s a situation pushing hard into stupid. Is the weather glorious? Oh, you bet your booty it is.
One of the major problems though is losing the luxury of Spring garden work being stretched out over a period of many weeks. Instead of doing this in mid-March and that in late April, it seems all things are needing to be done at once. I had hoped for more time to transplant various perennials for instance. As in transplanting at their ideal growth stage, generally while growth is still quite small. Well, that brilliant plan is under heavy siege. Now it’s more like – gotta do it and hope for the best. And things will be fine. Some may look a little rough after transplanting. Some may not perform at their best this year. But over all they will be fine. And that is just the reality of gardening. Conditions are not going to be ideal every year or even every day. You adapt to the situation same as the plants do. Or not sometimes.
What’s blooming? Redbud. Crabapple. Lilac. Silverbell. Kerria. Magnolia. Viburnum. Fothergilla. Flowering quince. Dogwood. Red buckeye. Rhododendron. Flowering cherry. Apple. ALL at the SAME time! Redbuds are easily a month ahead of their usual bloom time. As are the silverbells and lilacs.
So what to do? I strongly suggest getting out there and just wallowing in all the gorgeousness of the situation. You never know what tomorrow’s weather may bring.
Magnolia ‘Coral lake’
Viburnum carlesii ‘Compactum’ (compact Koreanspice viburnum)
Cercis canadensis ‘Appalachian Red’ (redbud)
Cercis canadensis ‘Covey’/Lavender Twist® (weeping redbud)
Rhododendron ‘Aglo’ (probably)
Kerria japonica ‘Golden Guinea’
Aesculus pavia (red buckeye)
Cornus florida variety rubra (pink/red flowering dogwood)
Syringa vulgaris (lilac)
Malus ‘Bob White’ (crabapple)
Malus ‘Prairifire’ (crabapple)
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