Is It Spring Yet?

What Would You like to Learn About Today?

If only! It feels far from spring here at our headquarters in Michigan, where we still have banks of snow around our greenhouses. But some people – notably, meteorologists – consider March 1 the start of spring.
close up of colorful foliage and blooming plants

Meteorological Spring VS. Astronomical Spring

So what’s the difference? Meteorological spring describes the season in a very tidy way: by looking at it as just the months of March, April, and May. Compare this to astronomical spring – aka the vernal equinox, when the sun is directly above the equator – which traditionally indicates the first day of spring. This date can vary from March 20-22, depending on the year. This year, the vernal equinox will be on March 20!

Since the exact timing of the vernal equinox varies, the length of a season varies, too – by as much as five days. That makes it hard for folks who study weather to make year-to-year comparisons of seasonal conditions, so they created the concept of meteorological spring. Both are valid, so you celebrate one or the other or both. We love spring, so we do both!

Does It Feel Like Spring Where You Are?

Either way, now is a great time for plant shopping. It curbs the winter blues in cold climates and scratches the itch to plant in warm ones. We are stocked full of beautiful plants and it smells amazing in here!

Love Spring As Much As We Do?

Celebrating the season with 'Drummond's Pink' Creeping Phlox!

This flowering ground cover boasts hundreds of pink, star-shaped flowers in spring. It’s durable, drought-tolerant, and grows well in tough sites, making it an easy choice for any gardener. Grow it and you will fall in love with this easy-going beauty.

Written by: Miranda Niemiec, click here to read bio.

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