Few would argue that this winter hasn’t been milder than normal. Overall, I’ve appreciated this. Not only because I can occasionally go to work with nothing more than a sports jacket on, but also because the weather has been kind to this winter’s heating bills.
Still, I was surprised to discover that one of the Lenten Roses in my garden was in bloom yesterday. The first day of spring isn’t for another seven weeks. While Lenten roses (Helleborus orientalis) tend to be early bloomers, they usually don’t bloom until late winter or early spring.
Has anyone else noticed if they have early bloomers in their gardens? I’d also like to know if the recent warm weather could cause any problems with spring gardens. There is still plenty of time for sustained cold weather and/or snow.