Wednesday, April 29, 2020

There are advantages to a cold spring!

Crabapple and lilac blooming together

There are advantages to this cold spring. Flowering shrubs which usually do not survive temperatures in mid to high 60s are still flowering in our current 50s to low 60s range. In past springs, my fragile crabapple bloomed in mid April and was soon zapped by a day in the mid to late 60s. For the first time in my memory, my crabapple and my lilac are blooming at the same time.

Also my redbud and carlesi viburnum are joining my crabapple, dogwoods, lilac and crabapple for a spectacular display—compensation for a cool spring.
Incredibly fragrant carlesi viburnum

My redbud blossoms are lasting longer than usual

My tulips have had a long run.

Working in the garden in temperatures in late 50s and low 60s is less fun than in high 60s and low 70s, but there are advantages to a cool spring.


  1. Karen, so nice to see the photos of your crabapple and lilac.
    And I appreciated your comments on the pluses and minuses of the weather surprises this spring.
    I loved seeing the tulips in bloom. Mine have been quite sturdy this season.

  2. I've noticed the same thing. It's been glorious!

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