Based on what's happening outside - the plants seem to be saying Winter is over too! Our ten-day forecast calls for mostly sunny days and temps in the 50's with even a day reaching 61 degrees.
To me, it feels like many of the flowers are right on target for their proper bloom time.
The Daphne odora, Edgeworthia chrysantha, Helleborus and Galanthus are in bloom.
|Helleborus x hybridus 'Black Diamond'|
|Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki' and Noid Hellebore|
|Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush) in the back|
|Crocus 'Blue Pearl'|
I generally know I don't have to worry about the Peonies - they are pretty tough, but I always worry anyway.
Their delicate stems leafing out in February is a little more than my "Nervous Nelly" Peony stomach can handle, especially this early in the season. Just one snowstorm could snap all those delicate new growths.
My really early species, Paeonia mascula has bloomed the first week of April. But I haven't even seen this plant pop out of the ground yet. It may be more insulated in its mulched bed and still sound asleep.
|Paeonia suffruticosa 'Yin Hong Qiao Dui 银红巧对' (Silver Red Tree Peony) with buds|
|Paeonia suffruticosa 'Lu Xiang Qiu 綠香球'|
|Paeonia suffruticosa and Daphne odora 'Zuiko Nishiki'|
I generally see Tree Peony flowers the end of April/beginning of May with the Herbaceous Peonies following suit. February is way too early to see buds this big!
I suppose our warm air temperatures are convincing the stems that it is warm enough to jump start growth.
Not to be left out on the early action, the new baby Tree Peonies planted last year are showing signs of life too.
I'm sure all will go well weather-wise and I will just have to untwist my knickers this early Spring.
|Paeonia suffruticosa 'Houki 赤' and Sedum 'Angelina'|
|Paeonia suffruticosa 'Chojuraku 长寿乐' - Small but alive!|
Better early than dead... Everybody cross your fingers!