Every season has its variations and ideosyncracies, but this year has put a new stamp on different. The radical swings of the jet stream have brought us a frigid winter with little snow, to spring temperatures accelerated by what appears to be a month. The witchazels are always early but even some spring ephemerals, such as Stylophorum diphyllum (wood poppy), Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot) and Mertensia virginiana (Virginia bluebells) are popping their heads out earlier than usual. The buds are swollen on Acer rubrum (red maple), Magnolia macrophyllum (bigleaf maple) and Aesculus pavia (dwarf red buckeye). The peak bloom for the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington D.C. is projected to be March 17 - 20 this year, quite a bit earlier than in most past years.
Plants have built-in mechanisms for dealing with atypical years, though. While inhibitory hormones hold them back from breaking dormancy during the winter, it is the nighttime temperatures and soil temperatures that prevent them from becoming overexuberant, and emerging too early from their winter dormancy. But species have to adapt to survive, and if early springs are the new normal, then phenologies (The relationship between a periodic biological phenomena, like flowering times and climatic conditions) will need to be altered or they will decline. Data collected by researchers in many scientific fields has demonstrated that over several generations, many species are able to modify their seasonal resonses to survive.
When you are ready, stop by for a sampling of native Rhododendrons, dogwoods, redbuds, viburnums, elderberies, spicebush, hazelnuts, maples, oaks, bottlebrush and red buckeyes, and other woody plants ready for planting. All are very nicely grown and will be ready to go home to your garden. We have native species redbuds as well as 'Forest Pansy', 'Ruby Falls' and 'Rising Sun'. We are digging buckeyes, persimmons and redbuds for transplanting into pots, and they will soon be ready for sale. Ferns, blood root, wild ginger, columbine, Phlox subulata (creeping phlox) and wood poppy are now or will soon be emerging; and the milkweeds, asters, lilies, lobelias and bee balms will be making ready for their summer blooms!
With you, we are, looking forward to spring!
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