Mar 03 2012

Signs Of An Early Spring

Published by at 5:30 am under Phenology,Trees

Yesterday on my walk to work I noticed the treetops seem to have thickened.

They have!  Through binoculars I could see that the buds are swelling and the twigs look thicker.

Spring is coming faster than usual.  Here are some of its many signs:

  • Red maples are flowering.
  • Honeysuckle bushes have tiny green leaves peeking out of their buds.
  • Pussy willows have furry catkins.
  • The seed balls on London plane trees are breaking up into fluffy achenes.
  • Celandine and garlic mustard are sprouting green leaves.

Marcy Cunkelman’s flowering quince was about to bloom last Tuesday.  Maybe it has by now …  just in time for tomorrow’s snow showers.

This March would like to come in like a lion but winter’s been a lamb.

(photo by Marcy Cunkelman)

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2 Responses to “Signs Of An Early Spring”

  1. Deniseon 03 Mar 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Witch Hazel is blooming.

  2. Patsyon 03 Mar 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Have had a couple of red-winged blackbirds at the feeders for a few days too.

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