When you have four days or more in a row of 65ºF (18ºC) temperatures in February, strange, potentially bad things start happening.
Trees wake up early. Very early. I noticed this magnolia when driving home from the bakery on Friday. Yes, that's Friday, February 24. Magnolia blooms.
When I got into my own neighborhood, I snapped this terrible photo:
Saturday cooled off quite a bit (got below freezing) and with temperatures a bit more reasonable (that is, cold) since then, the tree appears to have decided not to open another bloom:
I just took that shot this morning.
Back to Saturday, where the trees in downtown Maplewood were shouting SPRING!
We had a similar thing happen 10 years ago, just after my garden expanded. A very warm March made all of the trees wake up early but then a brutal April cold snap killed all of the growth.
I'm really hoping we're not going to have another one of those this year.
(Back into the low 70's on Tuesday...)