Welcome to Plant Exchange blog on the Northern Plains. Spring is here! Trees are in flower, such as this redbud, and are leafing out. The broad palette of green is everywhere.
Our region is USDA Zone 4-5a. Today’s projected temperatures are 77 degrees F. with overnight low as 48 degrees F. We have had a cool, dry spring which appears to be changing warmer now.
Soil temperatures below 60 degrees F have slowed vegetable seed germination so far, but with warming air temperatures, planted seeds will germinate. We intend to plant starter plants such as tomatoes and peppers soon.
The perennials Allium is in bloom, along with Blue Star Amsonia. Continuing a blue theme, they are paired with purple smoke bush, now leafing out.
Peonies are budding, and this is the first in bloom this season here.
Lilac shrubs are in bloom. Commonly grown in the region, lilacs are grown as specimen plants, in mass as boundary plants or screens, sometimes grouped with evergreens. This is a close up of the blooms. A recent Plant Exchange post featured more about lilacs.
Indoors, oxalis continues to bloom since March, and its light-sensitive leaves open and close each day.
If you’d like to see the growing season build here, see prior Garden Blogger Bloom Days posts.
Thanks for your visit to Plant Exchange today. Do visit again for the weekly posts.
If you’d like to see what’s in bloom around the United States and elsewhere, next go to Carol Michel’s May Dreams Gardens in Indianapolis, IN. At the end of her May 15th post, note the list of garden bloggers waiting to show you what’s in bloom these days in many locations. Here’s the link: http://www.maydreamsgardens.com