Northern Gardeners Worried About Radical Warming
Yesterday, I noted the very odd early growth of papaver somniferum seedlings in the unprecedented early heat we’ve experienced in the last weeks of winter. I’m not the only gardener who has observed the freak events.
In New York City, Martina worries about her grape hyacinths, writing that over the winter they “lost their flowers to the freeze but oddly kept growing their leaves, even though the last few years they’ve lost all leaves for their winter dormancy. Now their still-growing leaves are longer than I’ve ever seen for these flowers, and I wonder how long they can keep growing without their ‘sleep’. Will the flowers even come back this year?”
Gloria in Chicago observes, “Not just air temperatures but soil temperatures and night temperatures have caused the garden to go into hyperdrive. Everything is greening up…fast. Flower buds formed and bloomed within days. The insects are responding as well. Bees and butterflies are sipping at blossoms.”
Candyce in Dearborn, Michigan “hardy weeds have survived with gusto”, and Mike in Northern Ohio sees cherry trees flowering, and writes, “now, we all have to keep our fingers crossed. These plants are leafing out way too soon.”
“Northern Gardener” sums up with this question: “How do you garden in weather that no one has seen before?”