The Crocus Report

Crocus blooming, Pittsburgh, PA 23 Feb 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)
Crocus blooming in Pittsburgh, PA, 23 Feb 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)

Last Tuesday’s summer weather made a difference to early rising bulbs.

I found crocuses blooming on Friday, snowdrops on Wednesday, and …

Snowdrops blooming in Pittsburgh, 21 Feb 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)
Snowdrops blooming in Pittsburgh, 21 Feb 2018 (photo by Kate St. John)

… daffodil leaves 3 to 4 inches tall.

Daffodils 3-4 inches tall, 21 Feb 2018, Pittsburgh, PA (photo by Kate St. John)
Daffodils 3-4 inches tall, 21 Feb 2018, Pittsburgh, PA (photo by Kate St. John)

Is this early for crocuses?  Indeed it is.

Thanks to my blog, I have a record of first blooming dates in Pittsburgh’s East End going back to 2009 (except for 2016):

This year’s crocuses are blooming even earlier than in the Hot year of 2012.

The plants know our climate is changing.

 

(photos by Kate St.John)

7 thoughts on “The Crocus Report

  1. I have pictures of crocuses in my backyard (Squirrel Hill) from March 7 and 9, 2016. I also take pics of the first crocus each year!

    1. In our yard in Forest Hills just east of the City of Pittsburgh, snowdrops came up on Feb. 13 (!) and daffodils yesterday. Earliest by far for our property. Forsythia also started to bloom in our neighborhood yesterday.

  2. I love the sweet little crocus. I have long said that they struggle for 363 days to push their little “noses” through the hard soil and bloom, only to get snowed on!!

  3. This morning saw several snowdrops and a crocus blooming or at least trying to here
    in Forest Hills. Daffodils up 3-4 inches and early tulips up too. Hoping we don’t get
    a deep freeze like last year. That combined with the rabbits managed to severely curtail
    my tulips.

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