“Showing Up Early”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana
Several plants have been blooming earlier than usual. I started remarking about this in February, and today, realized that it is continuing. Last year, I specifically remember that my red bleeding heart vine (clerodendron thomsanaie var. delectum) did not start blooming until late summer. I thought that was unusual, but my sister said the same thing about hers. Well, for the last two weeks or so, this vine has been blooming; not profusely at first, but it is quickly picking up steam.
Now, why would a plant do this? It is hard to say why. Maybe I started fertilizing sooner this year; the winter was a little milder than normal and it came back faster, the ground was warmer. Maybe last year was the fluke? It bloomed later and that was unusual, and this year’s blooms are right on time. Who knows? I only know I am happy that it has started blooming so early. I felt cheated last year when fall came, and the bleeding heart had just started blooming. Are you finding plants blooming earlier, too?