Spring 2012 was quite bizarre, and while spring 2013 is decidedly late, it's closer to the norm than was 2012. Yesterday's post snow storm warming resulted in late crocus, aconite, and Iris reticulata popping into bloom as well as the culmination of a very long prelude of hybrid hellebores. This brings the total number of flowering events for our estate to 8 as of March 28th. Last year the unseasonably warm weather pushed spring flowering along so fast that 92 flowering events had taken place by the same date! That like 1/3 of everything in our gardens, before April 1st! 2012 was totally out of whack. In 2010 and 2011 the number of flowering events by 3/28 was 10 and 11 (aconite was new in 2011 accounting for the difference). Lots of plants are just waiting for a bit of real spring weather: American filbert, numerous bulbs, Abeliophyllum, Cornus mas, Forsythia, Helleborus niger. And of course the early spring garden work is behind schedule too, but the cold frame crops will be planted this weekend, which is just about normal (~April 1th) for around here. This also means that the beginning of field season is just around the corner too. Hope someone burns TPP's prairie!