During my spring break my family and I went to Dallas Blooms. It was this fantastic display of all different kinds of spring flowers at the Dallas Arboretum. While we were there we got to see all different kinds of tulips, azaleas, daffodils, snapdragons, with other flowers, but it was mostly tulips. Getting to see all the different flowers in bloom was wonderful, but back home in Missouri our spring flowers were marching on without us to enjoy them.
The early spring was noted by Pat Guinan, that State Climatologist. There is an interesting article on the Missouri Climate Center website on our extremely warm March. According to Guinan, there were more than 7,700 daily temperature records broken in March. Also, in Guinan’s article the Midwestern Climate Center listed Missouri as one of nine Midwestern states that had its warmest March on record.
People are not the only things affected by the abnormal temperatures. On campus, saucer magnolias had already bloomed before spring break even started. Saucer magnolias are the ones that are the trees that have the whitish- pinkish blooms all over the tree. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, in their Missouri Urban Tree guide, the saucer magnolia is supposed to bloom in the early springtime. But never in my time at Mizzou have I seen it bloom so early.
And this heat wave that Missouri has experienced is going to be problematic for reasons other than just pure aesthetic value of the flowers. There are multiple places across Missouri that have flower festivals. Unfortunately for these festivals there will be few, if any, flowers that the festival is being held for.
In the bootheel of Missouri there is a dogwood and azalea festival. Charleston’s Dogwood and Azalea festival will be very bereft when both the dogwood and azaleas have already bloomed before the scheduled weekend of the 19th of April.
Enjoy the spring flowers that are still left, because they are going to go quickly with summer fast approaching.
For more information about plants at Mizzou go to the Mizzou Botanic Garden website.