So here I am in eastern Tennessee. In theory at least it is the dead of
winter. The problem is that the daffodils are now 4" high, the hyacinths
threaten to break through the mulch, and the crocus is doing the same. The
forsythia is blooming, as are some of the creeping phlox and periwinkle.
There is no climate change -- the Great Orange God has told us that it is
just a Chinese hoax. Will somebody please tell the plants?
Here in southern Ontario, about 6 years ago, we had a warm snap
< late Feb. early March ? > and the fruit trees came into bud -
maybe even open bud - then a hard freeze.
No apples that year for me :-(.
I noticed this weekend, here in Dayton-ish, Ohio, that the daffodils
were poking up at the Bob Evan's. Not 4", but they don't usually
show up for another month. These are up close to the building and
paving, which I assume keeps the ground warmer than normal.
So far, this is a freakishly mild winter here. And that is after
4-5 winters that have been mild except for when the polar vortex
fractures. February is our normal deep-freeze. I'm curious if
that will hold this year.
Officialy we are USDA zone 6, but it's been feeling a lot like zone 7
the last few years. Not a tragedy for me, but I don't want zone 8.
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