To the best of my near threescore recollection, never before in northern Illinois has their been a month of March like this. Spring perennials are blooming between 4 – 6 weeks early. There is not an explosion of colors but enough plantings survived the multiple freeze/thaw cycles we had this winter to put cheer into the soul of this dour curmudgeon. Some of the blooms will wait until April, but after they fade away it will be far too soon to trust providence and plant all the beds with the annuals. If the weather holds, the temptation to plant will be irresistible. This may be the longest flower season in our history and I am going to push my luck whenever I think I can.
Until I can afford a new camera, my cheap cellphone camera will compound my lack of talent.