While a sizable swath of the country is laboring under record cold and snowfall, here in the Pacific Northwest we are having a very early Spring. At least it feels like Spring, with lots of sun and temperatures in the high fifties and even into the sixties every day for the last several weeks. We have Daffodils and Camellias in bloom as I type this on Valentine’s Day.
On our way to the pizza place to get our heart-shaped pizza today, we saw Dogwoods budding out. Our roses have new growth, as do the Flowering Currant bushes. This is crazy! Either this will be the mildest winter in a decade or else we’ll get back to the business of Winter, have a late freeze, and that will wipe out a lot of the garden.
Not that we couldn’t use some Winter. Our snow pack is dangerously low here, as are our rain totals. But the weather is mild and the plants think the time for that is past, and they’re coming on like gangbusters.
This is the weather we usually see in late April, if we’re lucky, more likely May, and that’s when we make our first forays to the nursery and garden meets. Confession: I went to the nursery yesterday and bought plants. That’s right, before the middle of February, I bought plants.