Lenten Rose 2/15/17

I was going to make a post about how to create winter interest in the garden but it seemed like we really didn’t have much of one this year. This month we’ve really only had 4 days with temperatures cool enough to call winter-like and the one time we did have a 3″ snowfall it melted in just 2 days and then it was back to warmth. Now it seems like we’re moving into spring as the weather this weekend shows near record highs in the 60s to near 70 degrees for nearly a week strait! This has been by far the easiest winter I’ve been through anywhere I’ve lived, I’m not complaining but can’t help but feel guilty and continue to have the “it’s coming eventually” feeling.


Snowdrops in full bloom 2/15/17

It’s been so much like March and with the weather looking like it will continue I’ve decided to do the annual spring clean off of the old foliage which I did earlier this week and it’s a good thing I did because I have numerous spring bulbs starting to show including Tulips, Daffodils, Hyacinths and Crocus. Snowdrops which started blooming on the 6th just reached peak bloom today near matching last years date of February 18th.

Tulip foliage peaking through 2/15/17

It seems nothing keeping the garden from bursting forth and awakening and why would it? The ground is completely thawed already and with the last week being in the 50s all the spring flowers think it’s March! Every day that I’ve been venturing into the garden has relieved a new spring bulb that has decided to test this glorious February spring weather. This year is eerily similar to last year when we also had an early spring but where should we really be? Typically the first snowdrop doesn’t bloom here until the last week of February on average and the stage we are at now is more typical of the first full week in March. With the warm weather continuing though things will keep progressing and I would not be surprised if I have Crocus and Winter Aconite joining the bloom parade shortly!





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Derek McKay is a Senior Horticulturist for the Iowa Weather Network. Derek is a degreed horticulturist and writes frequent posts about Iowa prairie and gardening tips, in addition to leading the fall foliage and spring bloom reports. Derek is 25 and grew up in the town of Clayton, Wisconsin. He moved to south after college to his current city of Cumming, Iowa after stints in Rochester, Minnesota and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. His hobbies include weather, while his passion and career is in the horticultural field. Derek works as a greenhouse and horticulture specialist at Ted Lare Garden Center located in Cumming, where he helps people with plants selections. Derek's education consists of a degree in horticulture, which he received at University Center Rochester in Rochester, MN. Derek is very involved in the community and spends his spare time volunteering at the Des Moines Botanical Center. He's loved weather and gardening for as long as he can remember, but became highly involved with the weather after the June 2001 straight line wind event in northern Wisconsin. In December 2007, he was inspired to start a weather blog, but now does horticulture columns with the Iowa Weather Network. Anyone that has questions regarding plants or is in need of something identified is encourage to email him at hostalover360@yahoo.com. He enjoys reading your emails and does a great job responding.

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