It seems worth acknowledging that garden bloggers throughout the colder zones are saying that many of their plants are at least a week ahead of schedule. Checking my archives on both Rant and my own blog, I see that I had nothing except hellebores and some amaryllis inside; everything else was in bud. Not so, GBBD 2010.
This year, I have species tulips aplenty, tons of daffodils, scilla, erythronium, double bloodroot ready to open, and other spring perennials. Humilis Persian Pearl is shown at top, and I have another humilis (violacea) that has already gone in and out of bloom. On a recent walk, a local wildlife refuge (above) was also showing earlier signs of life than usual.
Am I complaining? Hell, no! Could it be that Western New York is poised to enter a new era where we actually have spring? Seems too good to be true.