Here is a link to my Mar 17, 2011 post where a single crocus strove to bloom in frozen soil (and TOTALLY typical at this time of year).
Now compare that to this post of pics taken today.
And, as they say on TV - "But wait! There's more!"
We've not been below freezing since Mar 11 and temps have risen every day. It's been in the 70s the past couple of days. It's going to be in the 80s for the next couple of days. Oh man. When the hammer falls (seasonal temps return) I think there will be a lot lost this year. There's only so much floating row cover to go around.
I just hope temps at this time doesn't forecast for 100s this summer. Or snow in July. I wouldn't be surprised at either. :-/
Tomorrow is the first day of Spring.
Y'know, suddenly I'm not so looking forward to that now.
(Left to right, top to bottom:
pieris, pulmanaria, hostas
crabapple, hydrangea, redbud
willow w/catkins, star magnolia, doublefile viburnum
clematis, catmint, spirea
phlox, daisy, flowering plum
daylily, butterfly bush, masses of daffs)
(pachysandra, lupine, myrtle
mock orange, columbine, astilbe
Johnson's blue geranium, yarrow, mums)