Delayed Spring

“Delayed Spring”, a copyrighted post, was written for my WordPress blog called Always Growing by Jan in Covington, Louisiana

Everyone knows spring arrives March 20th, but, here, spring usually arrives way before that calendar date. Redbuds are often blooming by February 1st and the forsythia is showing yellow flowers not long after Christmas. Last year the temperatures in early March were hitting the mid 80’s; today we were lucky to be in the mid 50’s. There are signs of life – dormant daylilies are showing foliage, freeze damaged plants are coming back, and summer snowflakes buds are appearing, but there hasn’t been the usual flowering of late winter/early spring. Most of the early flowering trees are barely showing any signs of blooms. In fact, the Japanese magnolias are just starting to bloom – a month or more late.



In fact, these are the first open flowers around here. Everyone else’s trees still only have the fat buds, but no open flowers. Right now there are still mostly buds, but with a little warmer temperatures by this weekend, many should be open.

I was talking with a friend who lives in the mountains of North Carolina who was lamenting this winter’s cold weather. She said if the Gulf South was not seeing any flowers yet, she was afraid she wouldn’t see spring until August. It certainly does seem that spring is very tardy this year in many areas.



  1. March 5, 2010 at 4:03 am

    Sorry to hear that spring is running so far behind schedule in your part of the world! My garden is showing the first early signs of turning towards autumn, so I am looking forward to the gradual unfolding of spring on Northern Hemisphere blogs!

    • Jan said,

      March 5, 2010 at 5:58 am

      Spring is on the way, but just a lot later than usual. The sustained cold weather has kept so many plants dormant longer, and they seem to be slower in “waking up”.

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