Usually, I don’t expect to see the seedlings from our annual poppies (papaver somniferum) emerging timidly from the ground until the end of April. Yet, here we are on the last day of winter, and I’ve already found two of the silver-leaved plants.
Whether these poppies germinated at the beginning of winter, when temperatures remained unusually warm, or had rapid growth triggered by the unusually hot weather we’ve been having over the last week and a half, I can’t be sure of. What I can say is that I have never before seen a March of such unseasonal and robust plant growth in my garden.
There are casualties of the unusual weather as well. Crocus blossoms had just emerged when we had two days of sun and heat around 80 degrees. The flowers withered quickly, leaving an odd gap in the garden, although daffodils have rushed to arrive early as well.