Yesterday a reporter from one of the local papers called to ask about the daffodils. She wondered when they would bloom; are they early; how long would they last; and what comes next? A very popular barrage of questions for this time of year.

I could tell her – and I’ll tell you – that they’re blooming now and I’ll even go so far as to guess that they’ll probably start peaking next week and continue into our Daffodil Days celebration that starts on the 1st of April. They are early – a good two or three weeks early and there’s no way to know how long they’ll last. Cool temperatures, particularly at night helps prolong the show – next week promises so far to be cooler than this – and we have a good variety of early and late bloomers so unless we’re hit with a heatwave, the show should go on for a few weeks altogether.

She asked what would we DO if the daffodils went by quickly?! Do? Besides enjoying it while it lasts, and trying to keep up, there’s nothing to do. Gardeners know there’s no predicting nature. We might be more dialed in than the average non-gardener but only to the extent that we know – and accept – that anything goes.

So what happens after the daffodils bloom? Everything! Tulips for starters. The reporter also wondered when would be the best time to visit Blithewold? Of course, I’m the wrong person to ask because I think it’s beautiful all the time. But you really can’t go wrong to time a visit for May or June. July and August tend to be hot but lovely. September is really spectacular. October too.

But if you love spring and don’t want to miss it, come soon. It is happening fast this year. So fast that if you picked a spot under a maple, next to a cinnamon fern or the winter hazel you could almost watch the changes as they happen. And try not to miss the other spring ephemerals. Our intern, Tricia spotted the very tiniest: new blooms on the European ginger (Asarum europaeum). Not as spectacular as a daffodil perhaps, but I’d have hated to miss it. The gardens and grounds are open.

Are you making any predictions this year? When will your daffodils bloom? Or have they already?

6 thoughts on “Unpredictable

  1. I’m just hoping this drought doesn’t continue THROUGH spring! Moved some a shrub and a honeysuckle last Sunday because rain was in the forecast Monday, but nope–totally dry, and since it’s warm, they’re breaking dormancy. The crabapples leafed out too, so I had to get them sprayed for winter moth now, a full month early, or risk defoliation, and the sprayers will have to come back when the maples leaf out. Usually they make one trip. Grrrrr….

    Andrew, the drought is worrisome. I just heard we’re WAY down for rain for the year. (Could it really be as much as 70%?) Doesn’t bode well, does it? Maybe we’ll get a rainy April. -kris

  2. I agree with Kris. Enjoy now! Be fearless. What will be will be,

    “Be Fearless.” Best advice ever. Thanks, Kathy -kris

  3. I am seeing peonies same hight as the tulips. I think we are going to have a cool summer.

    Edi, You’re not the only one who thinks the pendulum will swing towards coolness … -kris

  4. Early is good enough for me ’cause I can’t wait for anything to come up or break bud. Brown and gray begone!

    Carolyn, it’s funny, even though it’s been a pretty easy winter as they go, I’m with you. -kris

  5. I am a bit fatalistic about Mother Nature’s fickleness. Enjoy what she throws at you and enjoy the show!

    Layanee, She’s definitely keeping us on our toes – as usual. -kris

  6. The press sounds excited for Spring! Aren’t we all?

    Tyler, I think we are. -kris

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