If one was ever to get whiplash from weather it would have been this past winter—or was it spring? No, it was the winter that was a spring then reminded us that it was winter again. A heart break for many of us was when magnolias, forsythia and quince were in flower—a month early—then blasted by temperatures in the teens and then captured in ice. On the upside though, I did get to check “see forsythia flower in February” off the bucket list.
When we experienced one of our late March snowfalls—which is not uncommon—the one thing that was different for us was just how far along the garden was in its flowering sequence. When asked if “the blue” would still occur once the snow melted the answer was a simple “I have no idea”.
I do have the answer now—and it is yes. Many of our early spring shrubs are vulnerable to the whims of weather changes. Our winter and early spring bulbs seem to withstand the cold temperature dips much more; conversely, it is the warm days that will hasten their demise. With that in mind, it looks as if the next 10 days will be moderate with temperatures in the 50’s and 60’s (70 tomorrow but overcast and rain so it will be a “cool” 70). This should help us toward a slower unfolding into spring. If the predicted rains are not too hard—which can flatten bulbs, too—it should be a nice blue display for a while.
I had my horticultural lawyer look over the above stated prediction and I received this advice. If you want to see the garden, don’t wait for that “perfect day”, just come and see it. If the past few months have taught us one thing it is that flowers don’t look at the calendar. They respond to the conditions around them. If your schedule is tight this week, see if you can steal away time before your day starts, at lunch or toward the end of the day (my favorite time to see the March Bank) and capture the moment while the moment is still here.
(sorry…pictures did accompany this post but technology would not work with me. Perhaps this is the nudge you need to come and see it for yourselves!)