Mild weather keeping spring flowers at bay

Monday, Feb. 25, 2013 7:18 PM
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Spring’s flowers have started to show their colors, but lingering mild weather is expected to keep them from fully blooming until mid-March, horticulturists say.

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Despite tulips, hyacinth and daffodils out in full force along Broad Street, horticultural experts say Augusta can expect a "true spring" in mid- to late March, unlike last year when flowers where in full bloom in February.  EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Despite tulips, hyacinth and daffodils out in full force along Broad Street, horticultural experts say Augusta can expect a "true spring" in mid- to late March, unlike last year when flowers where in full bloom in February.

Warm temperatures in Jan­uary started several flora varieties blooming ahead of schedule. A cold, wet Feb­ruary resumed more normal schedules, however, and might force late blooms for some plants, Richmond County Ex­ten­sion Coordinator Sid Mullis said.

“Things that typically bloom the third week of February bloomed in Jan­uary,” he said. “Once we got into February, things came to a standstill.”

Tulips and daffodils bloomed on schedule, but Brad­ford pear trees, which typically peak March 1, have not started to bloom, he said. Early azalea varieties have shown some color but likely will peak in late March.

If mild temperatures persist, flowers will last longer when they bloom, Mullis said. The only threat from large amounts of rain is blooms that are knocked to the ground.

Forecasts predict high temperatures in the mid-50s to low 60s for the rest of the week.

The Augusta area is on pace for a “true spring,” unlike in 2012, when above-average winter temperatures caused flowers to blossom in January and early February, said Max Brown, the ground supervisor for Georgia Regents University.

His crews are still completing winter pruning and waiting for the last leaves to fall.

Japanese magnolias and forsythia are in full bloom, and dogwood buds are starting to swell, he said.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/25/13 - 11:56 pm
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Dippy

For some reason, this story makes me think of George Carlin's Hippy Dippy Weatherman monologue.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/13 - 09:07 am
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Late March

That will be just fine with me.....the Masters will be in full glory.....the weather will be mild & more fans can enjoy the beauty of Augusta.....all is good..:)

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/26/13 - 09:09 am
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Last longer

Yes they will....flowers will last longer & that is a good thing.♥

Jake
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Jake 02/26/13 - 11:47 am
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Good

I should be in the area just in time to get dusted with yellow pollen from the pine trees.

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