|Magnolia blossoms, March 2012|
Longenecker Garden * Madison, WI.
We had record setting highs in March 2012 -- a good forty degrees above normal -- which had all the trees and flowers confused. Plants were blooming 6-8 weeks ahead of schedule. While March brought unsual warmth that year, April plunged us back into winter temperatures, making for a rough planting season. This year? While we've had one or two days above normal, the majority of it has been below average -- with at least another two weeks of below normal temps predicted -- and not a single leaf or blossom to be seen.