It’s time for an update on the status of the 2016 spring blooms. In a late December 2015 post I wondered whether the early swelling of buds on many spring-flowering shrubs might be damaged by a sudden onset of more normal winter cold.
The blooms on my star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) a few days ago suggest I need not have been concerned, at least over how December’s warmth might affect this small tree.
The jury is still out on the white lilacs. It’s not unusual for such temperature swings to damage flower buds to the point of not blooming. But winter’s warm-to-cold-to-warm temperature swings apparently did not damage flower formation … buds have formed and are in early stages of opening.
Now I wonder how the late freeze forecast for the next few days might damage emerging spring blooms. Lilacs are hardy, but nighttime temperatures in the teens – forecast for this coming Tuesday – are cause for concern.