2016 Spring Blooms – an update

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.

Magnolia stellata on 3/30/16

Magnolia stellata on 3/30/16

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.

while lilac buds on 4/2/2016

while lilac buds on 4/2/2016

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.

Stay tuned.



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4 comments for “2016 Spring Blooms – an update

  1. April 2, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    We are not nearly that far along. But it has happened to me before, a whole season of lilac bloom lost because of a hard freeze–in May.

    • April 2, 2016 at 6:42 pm

      Kathy, I hope the forecast for night temps in the teens does not come to be, otherwise I may have a year of no lilac blooms.

  2. April 2, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    I have been concerned about my lilacs since February, but it looks like they are going to be exceptional this year; I hope you have the same good fortunate with yours.

    • April 2, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      This week’s temperatures will tell, Charlie.

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