A slow start to spring

After experiencing the snowiest and fifth-coldest winter on record in southeast Michigan, it’s no surprise that many plants have been slow to emerge this spring. Today I compared the current development of my garden perennials to photos I took in March of 2012. The winter of 2011-2012 was much warmer and drier than average, and by mid-March many plants were emerging and flowering. After the much colder and snowier winter we just had, it’s apparent many plants are several weeks behind in their development compared to 2012.

Here’s what my daffodils looked like on March 17, 2012:

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…and here’s what they looked like today (April 8, 2014):

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Here’s a hyacinth on March 17, 2012…

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…and the same plant on April 8, 2014:

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This was a daylily on March 17, 2012…

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…and the same plant on April 8, 2014:

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Clearly spring still has a lot of springing to do.

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About Jeremy Sell

Science and nature nerd.
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2 Responses to A slow start to spring

  1. Mike Powell says:

    Great shots to illustrate how far behind you are in springtime growth. Best wishes for a speedy catch-up–May could be spectacular!

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  2. wisreader says:

    I like your “weather posts”, although I’m not sure why. I lived through it too and shouldn’t need to be reminded; I do think you had more snow, though, than we accumulated here in northeastern Wisconsin.

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