Early spring in northern Virginia has been more like late spring or early summer with multiple days of temperatures in the 60s and 70s, even reaching 80°Fahrenheit one day in late February. Many plants responded by coming out of dormancy earlier than usual.
Below is a view of my Corylopsis with bloom beginning to open ahead of schedule about 10 days ago.
And here it is yesterday after snowing 3 to 4 inches the night before. Temperatures remained in the 20s overnight, a shock to many plants, but not all. Magnolias went brown almost a month ago, cherries got nipped, forsythia is generally okay, tulips not so good, daffodils might be okay if their heads aren't down in the snow. My Corylopsis flowers look a little muddy today, but I hope will still continue to open. Temperatures will be rising again into next week.
I wasn't enthusiastic about this late snow storm, a week shy of the first day of spring, but I wasn't surprised. If March "comes in like a lion it goes out like a lamb" as they say. It's an unpredictable month. I'm going to look back at what was blooming before winter arrived (the pre-lamb lamb time).
|Cyclamen coum planted last fall|
|Edgeworthia chrysantha 'Gold Finch'|
|A young Draba hispanica with what looks like a milkweed seed stuck to it|
Iris reticulata is probably my favorite early bulb. They are delicate, diminutive and a beautiful blue, though they come in other colors. They show up well coming up through the tan leaves of last year's Carex pensylvanica.
|Tulipa kaufmanniana 'The First'|
|Aubretia x cultorum 'Royal Red' in the rock garden. I grew this from seed last spring and this is its first bloom.|
|Helleborus 'Ivory Prince'|
|Pulmonaria longifolia 'Diana Clare'|
To see what else is blooming in other gardening blogger's gardens, go to May Dreams.