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December 2, 2017

Ever see a wildflower blooming completely out of season?

I’ve seen them here and there over the years.  I call them ‘erratics’ because it surely seems like something erratic is going on when a flower blooms months after its blooming season is done!

I’ve done a cursory check to see what’s going on here, but other than temperature and moisture affecting the length of growing seasons, I’m not finding much information on this phenomenon.

Here’s my most recent example-

Above is a White Violet seen blooming this past October 14th.  Violets typically bloom in April and May in Ohio, June at the latest, so October is strange indeed!

I’ve seen other wildflowers such as a Wild Parsnip growing in October/November and even a Purple Iris in a garden during those same months.  Perhaps they are some kind of mutation in particular flowers?  Some kind of very late starters growing from recent seeds?  They are rare so I don’t think it’s a climate issue.

Anyway, this is a mystery to me- keep an eye out for such things out of place.  This happens in the bird world- birds who don’t migrate who should have, perhaps due to injury or some other issue- but flowers, who knows?

I’d be happy to get any input on this 🙂


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kitty permalink
    December 3, 2017 10:27 pm

    So much is happening with the climate…my lilacs are budding, and I know we’re in for a dreadful cold snap this week. It makes me sad how little we care for our natural world.

  2. December 4, 2017 6:34 am

    We’re still seeing Orange Sulfur Butterflies on our walks along Griggs Reservoir.

    • December 4, 2017 9:01 am

      Funny you mention that! I saw one at Little Darby Preserve last week and in the whole preserve I saw only 2 things blooming- 2 Dandelions.

  3. December 18, 2017 9:10 am

    I have a family friend whom lost his wife to cancer. I began caretaking of the home weekly for him, and we both noticed that there were flowers blooming out of season! Many of them in their yard that she had planted…it was strange indeed. I forget the time period but it was something similar to this, spring flowers that usually die off in summer, that bloomed at the end of summer. great post

  4. December 26, 2017 8:11 am

    I had forsythia blooming fall of 2016 which I hear happens sometimes but the violet is really surprising. A belated Merry Christmas!

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