Every year, it seems, is a little (or a lot) different, weatherwise, and therefor a little (or a lot) different in the garden. Recent springs have seen a trend toward an early snow melt, which may sound nice, but there are a couple of problems with that. Firstly, our rain doesn't really start until late May or early June, generally, so if the snow goes too soon, things can get dry. Secondly, an early melt exposes garden beds to cold nights, and while anything growing here has to be able to take the cold, it seems for bulb plants at least, those cold spring nights will slow down emergence, so that there can be a long gap between snow melt and the beginning of flowering.
This year saw a snowy and cold early spring, with some ups and downs, right into mid April, then a consistent and serious warm up. This meant the snow melted very quickly (there's still quite a bit where there were drifts or shovelled piles, especially in shady areas, but garden beds and most open areas are bare), and by the time it warmed up, average nights were staying relatively warm, so things have progressed more quickly than in years with early melt.
This first set shows some garden views while the melt was still on, but changing daily.... these beds were mostly or fully covered just a few days before... April 20, 2020 near Condor, Alberta, Canada z3
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