Those of us who work in the plant industry
are often asked why a certain tree or shrub performed as it did this
spring or early spring. Some questions can be answered by looking back
at the previous seasons of fall and winter.
This fall and winter
seasons started out mild and warm,
then progressed to cold and rainy. This weather pattern contributes to
the spring color experience, as it
does every year. For example, a
warm dry fall will typically cause a
shorter fall color season.
This past fall
and winter have influenced groups of
plants that makes us take notice. Daffodils are one group that did not
perform as we might expect and are
used to seeing in years past.
This winter had some cold days, but
not cold weeks or months. This causes the bulb not to
conserve the energy (bloom power), as it would in a longer winter. After
the daffodils start to bloom, rain can shorten the time the flowers are
in prime condition. Heavy, long rain events like we experience the past
few weeks really can hurt our daffodil presence.
A group of plants that has thrived in their color display this year
has been the Asian magnolia. In a typical year, the magnolias will bud
out, be in full flower, then start to drop petals in a little over a week,
Asian magnolias normally have a short window of showing color, but
this year the conditions were right for a longer bloom time. The
bigger trees are the ones showing the extended season. After the
weather conditions went through the months leading up to spring bloom time,
then the rain hit while the buds were still strong enough to prevail.
If your daffodils suffered, just be patient and hope for next year.
On the other hand, it might not be the best idea to go out and buy an
orchard of Asian magnolias.
Next year will bring a whole new
weather conditions that will favor
some genres of plants over others, so enjoy the show of color that is
By Jeff Reynolds, Horticulturist
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