Due to the unusually warm winter, many clients and friends have asked what effects this past winter will have on plants and gardens.
Here is my prediction for the upcoming gardening season.
You would think a warm winter would be good for plants? Just as extremely cold weather can wreak havoc on plants, so can an abnormally warm winter, especially during a winter with little precipitation.
Plants of all types were thoroughly confused this winter, from the cherry tree I saw blossoming in February to the daffodils flowering at a time when they are usually in their mid-winter slumber.
The good news is nothing serious should have occurred to affect the long-term health of your plants.
The bad news is spring flower displays shouldn’t be as showy as they typically are.
Some plants are well ahead of schedule while others are still running on their normal schedule despite the weather.
It’s hard to imagine, but some studies on plants have shown some species have their own internal calendars.