25th Mar, 2012

Spring Blooms

It’s amazing, no, it’s incredible to see spring bursting out of the soil so early. This is what I now think of as the Vancouver section of the garden:

Viburnumb bod and Cornus masThis is Viburnum bodnantense with a  Cornus mas behind it,  blooming far too early and on this rare occasion together. It reminds me of Vancouver during its early spring blooms. You can pass street after street filled with pink and yellow blooms to the point where you never want to see them together again. This was quite unintentional on my part but nature has dished out a strange spring.

The viburnum doesn’t usually come out until the second week of  April. The dogwood is also a little early. And it’s usually finished by the time the viburnum comes out. This partnership is quite something.

Stuff’s coming up too early and it’s going to get blasted by a cruel dip in temperatures that will inevitably come in the next few weeks.

The Magnolia stellata which came out overnight and is now blooming attracted squirrels like mad and it’s going to be over before April.

12Bulbs are popping everywhere:  species tulips, chionodoxa, of course masses of scilla, and the buds are plump on almost all of the trees and shrubs.  There’s not a damn thing we can do about it.

12 Front garden

The front garden  (below) in harsh light

which is not really fair but this shows

just how many bulbs are not just rising but they

are blooming their faces off and probably out.

I will have a piece in the Globe and Mail’s LIFE section this week about what’s going on. Please look for it.

Responses

That really is amazing to see; here in King City we are always a week or two behind Toronto but still this spring has been truly shocking. I am, however, loving the opportunity to have the gardens cleaned up, weeded and pruned to this extent so early (never mind the nasty back injury sustained by the natural inclination to overdo it out there . . . ).
Lets hope the cold snap does not spoil it.

Hi marjorie – can you indicate when you’ll next be on Fresh Air or the like? I always hear after your shows – and I hate missing them! Thanks for the great tips about spring gardening in this wacky weather.

Marjorie,
You always give sound advice, and typically I take it, but this year it’s been difficult to resist digging in. I was out messing around in the soil last week (mostly pulling garlic mustard shoots), but this week’s freeze withered the early blossoms of our Magnolia stellata on their stems. I posted some pictures and referenced your Globe article on our blog. What a cruel month, and not even April yet!
At least the little buds on our redbud don’t seem to have completely succumbed, but I’ll be out investigating tomorrow.

Welcome back to the weirdest spring in memory Marjorie. Gads, everything popped and now caught in a timewarp, halting growth. Worse yet is we need rain badly. Here’s to a blooming year for you !

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