We had an amazingly warm winter here in Toronto this year. It’s said to be one of the warmest winters we’ve ever had.
I suppose I shouldn’t be all that surprised then that my crocuses were popping up out of the ground by the 10th of March and that I had Daffodils and Hellebores in full bloom before March was over, let alone most of my roses fully leafed out!
Looking at photos that I’ve taken of the garden in previous years it looks like my garden is about a month and a half to two months ahead of itself. The only year that it was close to having this much growth in March and April was in 2010. That was another warm winter, one which was also said to be one of our warmest ever.
Everyday I go out and see what new plant is blooming or growing and I really should cut the grass. Normally we don’t have to cut the grass until mid May or so. The only thing missing this spring is the rain. I’m sure most wouldn’t complain about that, but as a gardener I need it for my plants to grow. I’ve actually watered a couple of times already. The first was at the end of March. Believe me, I’ve never watered the garden at the end of March before – well if I have it was in an effort to melt the ice off it, not to actually water it! LOL
How is your garden this Spring? Was it warmer in your area than usual as well? Is your garden well ahead of itself this year too?
Here’s a peek at how green my garden looked on March 28th of this year. See how many of the roses had tiny leaves forming?
The lavender was growing, the Honeysuckle was fully leafed out and even the clematis vines were starting to get leaves. These are all things that normally don’t happen until mid-April onward.