Monday, February 23, 2015

The Darling Buds of May

This is a Ceanothus bloom. A Ceanothus. There are only a few open, but the entire shrub is smothered in swelling buds that are about to pop.


What the what?


They usually bloom in May.

It's February. Yep, just checked the calendar. It's not May yet, it's still February.

Back in the Northeast, they are having apocalyptic winter weather. Here the plants think it's May.

12 comments:

  1. No wonder Ceanothus does not thrive here. The cold finally went away here. Saturday and Sunday were windy, today looks like rain.

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  2. A nice little surprise and treat Alison, enjoy!

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  3. Just yesterday I was looking at the buds on my plant trying to remember when they opened last year. Thanks to my Bloomday post I can report they were in full bloom in April. Probably not going to be the case this year!

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  4. I'm trying to ignore the ominous overtones and just enjoy this early spring.

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  5. Maybe your plants think they've moved to Southern California?! The Ceanothus are blooming here too but that's normal for us.

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  6. Insane. I'm quite worried about a cold snap. What's left of my star magnolia is blooming. 2 months early. Honestly.

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  7. Love those tiny, shiny little leaves on the Ceanothus.

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  8. Crazy plant! I just noticed one of mine doing the same thing this weekend. if this keeps up, everything will be bloomed out by July! A good year to have lots of cannas, dahlias, etc. that bloom late and will keep going until frost.

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  9. These plants are cray-cray. I have seen a few ceanothus blooming, too. Just what will happen when we actually get to May, one wonders.

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  10. You're having an early spring. Good for you! I hope you are enjoying it. What a beautiful color blue! Please post when all the flowers are open. We are having insane weather here in MA! Driving is a misery and we're are in for 1-3 more inches tonight and tomorrow! I thought we had about 5 feet of the stuff because I just couldn't think about it over my head but, a FB friend posted that it's 100" in a month!

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  11. That is just crazy! I just hope we don't get a cold snap in March.

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  12. Should be an interesting spring. I saw a long range forecast that calls for a little cooler temps in the next month or so (nothing super cold) but I wonder if this will be a long spring or one of those spring where everything blooms at once and is over.

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