Last Tuesday's summer weather made a difference to early rising bulbs.
I found crocuses blooming on Friday, snowdrops on Wednesday, and ...
... daffodil leaves 3 to 4 inches tall.
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):
- March 11, 2009
- March 11, 2010
- March 14, 2011
- February 28, 2012 (the Hot year!)
- March 18, 2013
- March 22, 2014 (the Polar Vortex year! They bloomed for only one day because the deep freeze returned March 23.)
- March 18, 2015
- I don't have a crocus record but it is probably March 7, 2016 based on temperature data, this post about coltsfoot, and feedback from Supriya who lives in Squirrel Hill. See comments. (I usually photograph them at Schenley Plaza or Phipps.)
- March 1, 2017
- and now --> February 23, 2018.
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)