I started noticing the trees budding the first week of February. I thought I was seeing things that weren't really there. But each day, as I walked the dog, I looked again, and the trees were definitely budding. Also in February while walking the dog, I noticed many other plants blooming: daffodils, blue periwinkle, violets, forsythia. The following photos show what's happening in my yard this early spring.
|I saw the first hellebore blooms around February 2 at the side of the house by the wooded floodplain.|
|The full spread of hellebore plants in that area were in full bloom three weeks later on February 24.|
|The jonquils in the side garden were emerging on February 2.|
|Three weeks later on February 24 they were blooming.|
|I was surprised to see that the clematis vine showed showed some budding on February 2 also.|
|This is a photo of the clematis buds three weeks later on February 24.|
|The hyacinths in the front of the house garden were emerging February 2.|
|Here's what they looked like three weeks later on February 24.|
|In the back yard garden, the daffodils were just starting to show buds on February 24.|
|One week later I noticed the first daffodil blooms on March 3.|
|Other bits of green I saw emerging in the back yard garden were several brunnera plants on February 24.|
All the plants seem to be emerging and blooming at least a month earlier than normal. which I don't mind. I live for spring and summer each year, but this does portend significant changes that affect the whole ecosystem.