It is obvious to anyone who ventures outdoors that this is shaping up to be a crazy weather year. The big question for the horticulturally inclined is “how will spring in winter affect my plants?" We are all worried, as we should be, by these aberrant climatic patterns. The plants are confused too. Some plants are breaking dormancy early, some are late. For instance my Cornelian Cherries, with their freeze proof blooms, are just coming into bloom, having finally accumulated enough below freezing degree-days to flower, whereas last year they were blooming by mid-January. While the maples, early cherries and plums in the Piedmont are coming into bloom now.
The folks that study such things say much of the Southeast is 20 days ahead of schedule in terms of spring plant development. Phenology is the technical name for the science of correlating timing of plant growth with climate and meterological data. Here’s a link to the USA National Phenology Network’s website, www.usanpn.org, where you can see phenology maps of the Southeast’s advancing spring, access their research work, and even participate in the data gathering for the National Phenology Network.
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- Wednesdays, 9-noon
- Fridays, 9-5
- Saturdays, 9-2
If you would like to visit the nursery at another time, please contact us at least a couple days ahead of time to schedule an appointment.
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Useful Plants Nursery is a permaculture-based nursery specializing in useful, phytonutritional, food, and medicine plants well-adapted to our Southern Appalachian mountains and surrounding bioregions. Our plants are grown without the use of synthetic pesticides at our nursery located at Earthaven Ecovillage.