Will it be an early spring?

We noticed that the Magnolia stellata was blooming last week! It is usually in full bloom around April 1, so it looks like things are developing early at this point. That brings bad memories of the Easter Freeze of 2007 when March was warmer than April and things started to grow ahead of schedule. Early April 2007 saw record cold temps and all fruit crops were lost. This scenario, where March is warmer than April, occurred about 4 times in the early 1900s. We hope the early 2000s are not following suit!

I looked at the Cayuga White grape buds last Friday and they were not pushing. We had a cold weekend and hope that March remains a cool month so things don’t get too ahead of schedule. Just keep your fingers crossed and keep an eye on the following map:
https://www.usgs.gov/news/just-how-early-spring-arriving-your-neighborhood-find-out-0

This Magnolia stellata is ahead of schedule. It was bit by frost over the weekend.
This Magnolia stellata is ahead of schedule. It was bit by frost over the weekend.
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