Spring progress.


The state of my crocuses on February 27 after a couple weeks of unseasonably warm weather. They remained at this stage for a month.



A month later they were still 1/2″ tall (no  photo). Here they are four days after that — 1″ tall.



Four days later — blossoms at last, a mere six weeks after they first emerged.

Gardening in the Upper Midwest can be challenging. Of course, every region has its own particular challenges but ours seem especially annoying in the spring. I see other bloggers post pictures of their crocuses and snowdrops and even daffodils weeks — nay, months! — before our snowpack has begun to shrink, let alone melt. And Mother Nature can never make up her mind whether it is really spring or just a tease. I do not think I have ever had daffodils that didn’t get their leaf tips frost-blasted because we had a hard freeze (or, more likely, many, many hard freezes) after they came up. I worry about them every year.

However, it doesn’t seem to bother them too much. Sure, the leaf tips are yellowed, but the rest of the foliage is healthy and they blossom just fine.

Hurrah for spring!

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6 Responses to Spring progress.

  1. Kym says:

    I share your frustration . . . although we are a bit ahead of you. (Not much, though.) My crocus started to bloom JUST before the big blast of FREEZE hit again. They were pretty much toast this year, sadly. And my daffodils are just beginning to have buds peeking out from among their VERY yellowed, freeze-tipped leaves. It’s hard to garden in the north (even in a mild-winter year) — but so worth it when those blooms finally pop!

  2. carolee says:

    Both your post and Kym’s comments make me feel so much better! Here I am bemoaning being behind last year, but I do have daffodils, although many were broken by high winds and then nipped by freeze. But, today the sun shines, so all is well.

  3. gayle says:

    I checked mine a couple of days ago and they look like yours in the second photo. On the other hand, despite the fact that it was 70 that day, it’s currently snowing…

  4. Kat with a K says:

    We have snow today along with winds and of course, bitter cold. All that combined will be the end of my budding lilacs. Waaahhhhh!

  5. I don’t have one single blossom yet. I’m waiting. I want flowers! i want shrubs with leaves. I want bare branches gone gone gone. Im impatient

  6. Vicki says:

    It’s always interesting to note the differences just within our state; sisters living north & south and me in the middle. It’s pretty amazing the difference a few miles/degrees makes!

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