April 2 has become my barometer of how spring is going to go.
The first year we moved to the farm, the forsythia was blooming on April 2. It hasn’t been that early since.
Each year I take a photo of the forsythia on April 2 and try to evaluate how long until we see blooms.
Given the mild winter we had this year, I’m thinking the forsythia might be close, but so far there’s no sign of the yellow blossoms.
You might recall that the past two years haven’t been great for our forsythia. The yellow blossoms have been few and far between. I gave the bushes a pretty vicious pruning last spring in the hopes that it might encourage some new growth.
We have what I think might be a few buds. And you can see where I hacked off the woody stalks.
Things were looking a little green around the farm, but then we got a dusting of snow Saturday morning.
It had mostly melted by afternoon, but then we got several inches of snow Saturday evening and more snow rolled in yesterday afternoon, so we’re back to winter now.
Looking at the pictures from April 2 going back to 2012, the snow rather than the forsythia tells the story of what kind of winters we’ve had.
Just a week ago, the forsythia was coated in ice, thanks to the ice storm.
So far, this spring has been very up and down. I’m not making any predictions of when the forsythia will actually bloom.
What’s spring been like where you are? What signs of spring are you watching for?