Blooming Trees

Many people tend to write down and keep track of certain annual events.  These events may include the sighting of the first robin of spring, or if you live on a lake, the ice out date.  For me in recent years, I have tended to keep track of when my crabapple trees bloom.  Although I have moved, I still find myself every spring driving by those crabapple trees to continue my dating when they bloom each spring. 

This recording of the timing of natural events is referred to as Phenology.  My former crabapple trees finally went into full bloom on Tuesday, May 28.  That is latest bloom date in the 12 years I have been keeping track.  Although, that may not surprised anyone based on the cold weather this spring, it is only one day later than the springs of 2002 and 2008 when the trees bloomed on May 27. 

This means at least to the flowering trees, this spring has been similar to a couple of other springs in the past decade.