Is cold weather to blame for my spring bulbs not blooming yet?
I want to ask if the cold weather we’ve been having could be impacting the reemergence of my tulips and early spring bulbs. Last year it was bursting with color – tulips, daffodils, etc. this year there is very little. I have not done anything differently. Could it be the weather? Is there still hope for a colorful show as we get in to May? What would cause the difference in bloom schedule?
Lynne M. Holland, Horticulture and Social Media Professional
That is a pretty cursory explanation but it is also the reason we suggest every gardener keep a journal/accounting about their garden, as you did with your pictures, so you can see and learn from differences in your garden year to year. A recent interview article from Maine Homes where UMaine Extension Professor Marjorie Peronto talked about Maine gardens also gives some perspective as the growing season kicks off. Most plants rally eventually, after they are done blooming give those bulbs some attention and then let them do their thing until next spring.