Here in northern flyover country, we are in horticultural zones 3 or 4. Although we have had an early and warmer than normal spring, there are still few signs of tree blooms or flowers.
Traveling a bit this week, we were able to experience another hardiness zone. We traveled to Washington D.C. and found out what early April is like in hardiness zones 6 or 7. Fruit trees were in bloom, last year’s fall-planted pansies wee exploding with color, and the bulb plants such as tulips and daffodils were in full bloom.
What a difference a zone or two can make! We also found that the magnolia trees, which had begun to bloom, froze with a recent cold snap and so the magnolias had been fooled by the weather. Every zone seems to have its quirks, and the weather always plays its usual tricks.