11 March 2021
This week I saw my first crocuses of 2021 at Homewood Cemetery on Tuesday 9 March. This month we’ve had several days over 60 degrees F. Are we having an early spring? Let’s look at The Crocus Report.
Since 2009 my blog has kept a record of crocus first-bloom dates in Pittsburgh’s East End. At first it was accidental. (I was excited by flowers and had to write about them.) Now I am intentional though unscientific. I don’t view the same crocuses every year and I don’t look for them every day. However, my crocus records show these bloom dates …
- 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
- February 23, 2018
- March 20, 2019
- March 21, 2020
- and now –> March 9, 2021
It may seem silly to write things down but the records are useful later. The past illuminates the present and could help predict the future, though it’s harder in this topsy-turvy world of climate change.
p.s. Gardeners have more accurate records than I do. They watch the same plants every year.
(photos by Kate St.John, calendar from timeanddate.com)