I was reading and seeing pictures on social media how city cherry trees are starting to set their blooms in this goofy, unseasonably warm December weather we are having in Delaware.
Curious, I took a walk out into our work garden, here at the University of Delaware in Georgetown, where a demonstration garden had been put to bed for the winter.
I fully expected to see the oakleaf hydrangea appear thus:
And a lacecap hydrangea holding on to her browning beauty:
But surprisingly, among the brown crunch of faded blossoms, emerged eager, youthful, impetuous greens ready to dance their display on a stage built by a false spring. Sadly, it will collapse!
Almost all of the twigs were setting their early leaves — brave and over-confident adventurers in December’s diorama. The warm weather is expected to continue for another week, and these young sprouts are certain to earn more progress, before getting a rather snappy wake-up-call.
The past two winters have not been kind to hydrangeas here — fooled by the seasons they venture out, only to be clipped hard in February or March, yielding to the freezing ice and snow a good measure of our expected June displays!