Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Delayed Spring Back East

by Maggie Sefton


This is a lovely cherry blossom tree near my friends house in Vienna, Virginia (Northern VA)

I'm back in the Northern Virginia & Washington, DC area now, and it's such a surprise to see the delayed spring all around.  It's as if the calendar was turned back an entire month.  The trees are that lime green, early spring color and are not fully leafed out yet.  The flowering pink cherry blossoms are out in full bloom and so are the dogwoods and the white apple blossom trees.  But azaleas and other spring flowering plants are either just coming into bloom or are filled with fattening buds, coming along.   Truly, this is late March weather and plant growth.  I'm amazed.

I figure it's all because of the Brutal Winter this area endured.  I cannot remember my hometown area experiencing that kind of cold and snow for so long.  Honestly, there was another cold spell right before I arrived last week.   Brrrrr!    I was warmer in Northern Colorado.   Honest.  :). Believe it or not, but Spring in Colorado came in Mid-March.  Buds on the trees were fat and literally burst into bloom the last week of March with our sunny temps in the low 70s.

The annual mystery conference Malice Domestic is scheduled for the end of this week in Washington, DC. So I'm looking forward to meeting readers and writer friends, and my editor and agent.  Meanwhile, I'm seeing Family and Friends and. visiting some bookstores while here.  Always fun.

Was your Spring late in your area?   What's blooming in your neighborhood?


8 comments:

Heather said...

Spring has been late arriving in the upper Midwest, too, with more March-like temps than late April. We're still seeing evening temps down in the 30s and 40s, and daytime temps will be above normal one day, then 10-20 degrees below normal the next. We are starting to see some flowers come up -- crocus, daffodils, and a few tulips -- but everything is coming up slow and taking its time to bloom. The grass is finally green, but there are no buds on the trees yet. And, while we have open water here in the southern part of the state, they still have ice up north. I'm tired of the damp and chilly weather! :-\

Aurian said...

Gorgeous picture! Spring was early here in Holland and most blossoms are gone again. I did see lilacs blooming this weekend, and the golden rain is gorgeous as well.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

I'm in Ct and Spring is late this year. Last year it was early. This is a rainy week and it looks like next week will be also.

Lynda said...

We had Spring weather through most of the Winter, and I'm afraid we are going to have a long/hot summer. We are in the middle of a serious drought and they are already warning of water rationing. Most of this week we are expecting low 90's (too warm for this time of year), but next week they predict 60's and some needed rain. My brother and SIL are in CT and they have had way more snow than normal. My brother doesn't mind it, but my SIL is totally SICK of snow. I wish we could have taken some of their snow for our mountains so it would help us out through the summer.

Maggie Sefton said...

I hear you, Heather. The Midwest was hit just as brutally, if not more so, because those storms would start up in Minnesota and Wisconsin and move from there. So I think they were even stronger there in the Midwest.

Maggie Sefton said...

We've got rain here in Northern Virginia/Washington, DC area. Trees are all flowering and azaleas are bursting into bloom. This rainstorm is covering a big swath of the US with torrential downpours. Flash flood warnings all over.

Maggie Sefton said...

Rain, oh yes. Big rainstorms, thunder and lightning too. Flash flood warnings, creeks and streams overflowing in the Mid-Atlantic area of the East.

Maggie Sefton said...

Where are you in the West? We were okay in Northern Colorado with the snowpack being over 250% of normal. But we'll all have to see what happens in May and June. Will it be hotter than normal or just right?