Debbie Knight

January rain brings February flowers (???)

In observation on February 22, 2012 at 9:00 am

Snow Drops have been in bloom for at least two weeks now. It's mid-February in Central Ohio. They usually don't come up until early March.

Daffodils are coming up in mid-February in my flowerbeds. They usually don't appear until early April.

Tulips starting to emerge in mid-February. These typically bloom in early May.

Tulips emerging in mid-February. This variety typically emerge in April.

They say timing is everything.

Well, the flower bulbs in my yard are a little confused by the mild winter weather here inCentral Ohio.

  • The snow drops have been in bloom for about two weeks – they usually don’t bloom until March.
  • The daffodils are almost in bloom – they usually don’t bloom until April.
  • And two varieties of tulips, one an early bloomer (typically in April) and the other a late bloomer (typically in May), are both emerging.

What the heck?

This concerns me not because Spring appears to have arrived early (real early) this year in my flowerbeds. After all, a splash of color is always welcome in the gray of winter.

But I can’t help but think what other plant life is out of synch as well. And how that will affect the life cycles of various mammal and insect species that depend on those plants for survival. Will they be forced to migrate farther north for food or will they remain here and adapt?

Is this evidence of climate change or just a fluke?

I’ve been to seminars that discuss how climate change has already begun to affect bird and tree species distribution across North America. And I’ve seen predictions on how their distribution will be affected over then next two decades.

This makes me wonder whether mother nature can adapt quickly enough to climate change? And whether we will lose integral components of our ecological systems?

I guess time will tell.

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